People often ask me how I stay so motivated to work out, but the truth is… sometimes, I don’t want to work out at all! :) But I do work out with regularity because I’m always signed up for SOME new, fun race, and I find that to be extremely inspiring when I feel like slacking off.
Shannon recommended that I try this book about self motivation for athletes, and I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s called Mind Gym by Gary Mack.
I was REALLY dreading going for a swim tonight because I’m been struggling with my swimming lately. The triathlon is getting so close, and I don’t feel quite ready for the 1.5K open water swim. So much of training for a race – any distance – is just gaining confidence and convincing yourself you CAN DO IT. Athleticism is physical, but it’s also very mental.
I decided to try one of the Mind Gym tricks tonight…
I REFUSED to let myself quit in the pool. I got tired and slowed down a few times, and I floated on my back a few times… but I refused to hang onto the side or stand up. You can’t hang onto a ledge in the middle of the lake, after all! 🙂 It took me 36 minutes and change, but I did it, and now I feel so much more confident about the race.
I had about 1.5 cups of brown rice with some Alfredo sauce mixed in, plus kidney beans and leftover roasted mushrooms and asparagus.
And an orange for dessert!
Afternoon snacks included Pumpkin yogurt and 1.5 servings of granola:
And a bowl of organic fake Cheerios. I was craving carbohydrates after my two-a-day!
Do you use any mind tricks to motivate you during your workouts? I love mantras (like, “pain is temporary, quitting is forever!”).
Sometimes just knowing I can stop if I really want to is enough to keep me moving and motivated. It’s like I tell myself, “Nope, I am going to keep going…” and I realize I WANT to.