Consistency is the “Word of the Day”…

…well, it’s the word everyday. My main struggle over the past couple years, if I’m honest with myself, has been maintaining a schedule of fitness day to day. There would always be a day that I had to miss a workout for one reason or another which, paired with another day, turned into a slew of days. These patches of non-activity always led to poor conditioning for the events that I had planned for the year. I would do them, and I would make my goal times or beat my previous time, but it wouldn’t be very enjoyable for me. Not as enjoyable as I would have liked it to be anyway…

My current training schedule has me pretty busy throughout the week. My tri club has a great regimen of workouts that give me purposeful, focused, training a few times a week in all three disciplines of the sport.

So here I am, in the second month of the year, 86 days away from the first event of the year. The event that I signed up for three months ago? How am I doing? Inside looking out: I’m failing – miserably. Outside looking in: I’m getting super enthusiastic encouragement and support from my wife and great feedback and coaching from my tri club family, but it still feels lacking (swimming, ugh…). I do realize that I am very competitive and I tend to be hard on myself when it comes to “me beating me”. This keeps me in the pool 4 times a week at 5:30 a.m., this keeps me jumping on the treadmill or on the road after a spin on the bike, this keeps me constantly in awe of what I see other’s doing that, “I know I can do that if they’re doing it…”, this keeps all of the emotions right at the surface.

300yds… Consistency will get me there. Right?

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