It’s mid February, and I’ve slowly gotten back into the swing of triathlon training, but nothing too serious – especially compared to last year’s Ironman training regimen. Early January started out well, and I even joined my lady co-workers on an early morning group run before our all-day work meetings. Usually the ladies run too fast for me, but our Arkansas co-worker was tapering for her marathon that weekend and needed to run slow (aka: my pace). Check out our selfie! Running in the fresh snow in downtown Minneapolis was actually pretty great.
Towards the end of January I was struggling mentally. I felt down, a little depressed and unmotivated to do anything. Can you relate? So I gave myself a pep talk and did some self-reflection. I said to myself, “Alex, what needs to happen to get out of this rut and feeling better?” When asking this it’s important to be very honest with yourself. Here’s what I got out of my self-chat:
- I feel better about myself when I am active and exercising on a regular basis.
- When I plan and schedule my workouts into my life I typically follow through and actually do it.
- I tend to workout more often and enjoy it more when I have someone else to do it with.
Post-pep talk I got to work putting my plan into action. I pulled out the calendar and began scheduling my workouts including the type of exercise and time of day it would be completed. Since I travel occasionally for work, and I’m continuing to horseback ride most days of the week I also included that into the daily calendar of events and plan workouts accordingly.
Next up on my agenda was to find someone to join me in the workouts that I dislike the most (aka: riding on the bike trainer), and I knew just who to ask! I reached out to my newest Rochester friend DV who is a fantastic athlete and I knew would be someone to motivate me to complete the harder workouts. Since she has longer 90-120 minute bike trainer rides planned on weekends I asked to join her. Girl time + Netflix movie + awesome workout = very happy me!
Can anyone else relate to having cabin fever? How are you dealing with it?