Sunday, November 13, 2011

So Unmotivated...

I'm in a funk. Not sure why, but I'm definitely there. I get into these funks every once in awhile. Not sure if there is a pattern to what causes it. Not sure if they happen at the same time of year. I just looked at my Training Peaks calendar from last year to see if it happened this time of year. I noticed that I did start slacking off in late November through December, but I supposed that is to be expected that time of year. So what is causing it now?

Well, the month of October was a complete bust. With the Empire State Marathon on October 16, the first half of October was spent working on that.

After the marathon, it took me a few days to recover. After staying up until 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning, I needed to catch up on some sleep.

Then there were the aches and pains. First my left calf, then my right foot. Because of the foot, I had to give up real running and replace it with aqua jogging. There were a few really nice days that I just wanted to be outside running, but the body had other ideas.

Then there were the four birthday parties for Alex. One for the family, one at home on the actual birthday (oh yeah, trick-or-treating that night too!), one at school for his class, and one back at home with his friends. Did I ever get this many parties as a kid?

Then there is daylight savings time. This darkness if for the birds!

So, I guess what I have right now is a perfect storm that is sucking the life out of me. So how do I get it back?

Last Sunday I went to test out part of the Ironman 70.3 course...the hilly part, the part I'm most scared of, the part that will decide if I do this thing or not. I met Mary M, my cousin Jen, her hubby Ben, Ben's brother Chris, and Jen & Ben's friend Doug who happens to be an experienced triathlete. We headed out on the course to tackle the first few hilly miles. It took us about 2 hours to ride 13 miles, but I'm happy to say I rode the whole time and didn't have to walk. I'm still not 100% sure if I'm doing the race or not, but it definitely didn't convince me NOT to do the race.

After the ride on Sunday I had a brief rush of motivation again. I think it was because I was back training with other people rather than being home alone. I really think the injury to my foot is taking its toll on me. Because of the injury, I haven't been going to the long runs on Saturday's or my run group on Wednesday mornings. I think being isolated from my training peeps is making me kind of depressed. Maybe a spin class will help snap me out of it.

Coach Kelly has also suggested a get-together for a pep talk...maybe that will help.

Well, I better get to bed. Coach has a trainer ride on the schedule for me tomorrow. I have a training class at work so that means I have to leave for work earlier which also means I have to get up earlier. I'm so looking forward to stumbling around in the pitch black to get on my trainer in the morning. :(