Has Anyone Seen My Motivation?

1 Timothy 4:8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

I know that there is a let down after finishing a marathon. After finishing 21 of them, I know what to expect in the weeks following such a huge event. The problem is that I really haven’t kicked it back into gear again yet and I really don’t have much motivation to get started again anytime soon.

I have been getting up really early the last few days to ride my new indoor bike. It’s a Tour De France trainer bike and it is my new toy this year. I’m hoping to spend a serious amount of time on it this winter so when spring comes and I get to go outside, my legs will be in bike shape and I will be ready to rock.

This morning however, I tried to go for a run. I know the day after Halloween is usually pretty brutal but I didn’t have too much candy and I thought things were good to go. I woke up at 5am but just couldn’t get out of bed. I spent the next 30 minutes deciding not to run. I got in the shower and decided to do some schoolwork instead.

Early morning winter training is just not much fun. It’s dark, it’s cold, and it’s really easy for me to blow off workouts. The problem with that mindset is that it becomes habit forming very easily for me. That is where I am at right now and that is going to change, starting now.

So here I am, throwing my training plan out there for all to see in hopes of that kicking me into “go” mode. My next marathon is on January 26, so you can see I don’t have much time to play around. After that I have the Wisconsin Marathon in May, followed by the Racine ½ Ironman in July and then another date with the Wisconsin Ironman in September.

Within the next week, I plan to start swimming again. I still need to figure out where though. There are a few options around me but I need to look at hours they are open and price. I am also planning on getting 2 runs in per week and 3 bike rides per week. I won’t bore you with the details of all of those but know that they will be happening.

The last thing that I will throw out there for now is that I have a new long-term weight loss goal. I try not to focus on numbers on a scale but I know I will feel better when I pull this off. When I first got diagnosed with stage 3-colon cancer in 2001, I weighed in at 195. After surgery and 2 months of chemotherapy I was down to 168. I now weigh 185. My goal is to get back to 170 by the time Ironman rolls around next September. How’s that for a goal!

So consider this my training scene from Rocky with the training music playing to motivate me to get things going. I know that the goals I have laid out are big ones but Lord willing, I know I can pull all of these things off.

What are your training goals or events for next year?

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

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