It has been a real struggle to exercise lately. Not only have I been struggling with motivation (remember the sloth v. honey badger post?), but Iâ€™ve also had trouble simply finding the TIME to workout.
Iâ€™ve been juggling working at the clinic, writing a book, writing two blogs, and closing on the house (which is seriously a full-time job in itself), and by the end of the day, I end up feeling like Iâ€™m behind on everything. Not a good or relaxing feeling. I canâ€™t walk away from any of my commitments – but man, things will be so much calmer in September when Iâ€™m done with the book.
Okay, but really â€“ I have the time. I definitely waste time sleeping in, playing on Facebook, browsing blogs, or watching a little TV. Part of my problem is that Iâ€™ve been looking at exercise like itâ€™s a chore. Exercise is NOT a chore. Exercise is a release â€“ a much better one than mindless Internet surfing. And itâ€™s a good reason to step away from work and relax. Above all else, I only exercise in ways that I derive pleasure from (swimming, running, cycling).
No one forced me to sign up for my upcoming sprint triathlon (2.5 weeks to go!) â€“ I signed up because I think races are FUN. And if this isnâ€™t fun, then why the heck am I doing it?
Not really sure where Iâ€™m going with this post, but the point is that I need to change my current perspective about workouts. I need an attitude adjustment. Plenty of people are busier than me and are training for much bigger races. I havenâ€™t taken on a race that I am too busy to train for; I just need to remind myself that I love to workout and that it makes me feel better. And it will all be worth it on race day.
If I want to do it, all I have to do is do it. As Ben says!
On that note â€“ I FINALLY made it to the pool!
I love-love-love going to the swim center on Tuesdays and Thursdays because thatâ€™s when they set up the long course (50 meters as opposed to 25 yards). However, they take down the long course at 1 PM sharp!
I was 800 meters in when they started to dismantle the ropes. Awww, man.
Post-swim lunch of millet (how to prepare millet) and navy beans, and a fresh summer salad of spinach, goat cheese, strawberries, and creamy balsamic.
Get in my belly!
Is a race helping you stay committed, too? What are you training for?