As the 2014 triathlon season really gets underway here in NJ, I find myself getting caught up in the action and losing my focus at times. I’m not waning in my approach to training, fitness, improvement, and competition. Rather, it is quite the opposite. I am losing track of what this sport is all about and what it does for me.
For the vast majority of us, we train and race because we have some desire to improve, push our limits, and compete against others. We are not out there to make a living off of triathlon racing and to earn huge contracts from different national / international sponsors. We compete because we want to and we enjoy it. This is vital to keeping a level head and focusing on the tasks at hand.
At times, a missed workout or an unproductive session can really throw me off. I will walk around grumpy and on edge because things didn’t work out exactly the way I wanted or hoped they would. That’s ok. It’s easy for any of us to say that, but much harder to accept it and deal with it. Take a break, relax, and have fun. I recently had a friend ask me about a training program and his own social habits. Basically, it came down to the question of giving up having a beer, glass of wine, or a drink on the weekend because it would interfere with training the next day. To me, you have to give your body and mind a chance to relax. There’s a difference between a drink or two and partying every night. It comes back to the same idea. We’re in this to push ourselves and get better, not to make a living off of it. Listen to your body and take a break when necessary. You’ll be refreshed and ready to go rather than worn down and going through the motions without any purpose.