The other day I said to know what training plan to use, you needed to know what your goals were. It is true too.
- Is your goal to complete your first race?
- Is your goal to better your time?
- Is your just to get yourself moving and be more healthy?
I know many runners who run, bike, or swim just for the enjoyments of it. I must admit that there is a part of me that envies them. This is not to say that I don’t enjoy doing these things, but I would never push myself the way I do just for fun. I’m not wired that way. I would love to be able to run, bike, or swim without thinking of my end goal. Now, I don’t mean that every time I am training I am thinking about the event that I am training for either. It also does not mean that I am super competitive either except with myself (Damn – those 3 seconds!).
For me it’s about needing to train for a specific event for motivation. I will not lie, if I wasn’t training for a specific event, I would not push myself the way I do. It would be so easy to say, I’ve got to get too many errands today; so no time to work out. I’m wired for excuses. When you know that you’ve got to show up to something and you’ve purposely told everyone and their brother about it, you better show up prepared. I need that.
It’s not about the Bling either. Although, I do admit that I do like an impressive medal, but these are for me. I keep them in my computer area in the basement for me. No one except family really goes down there. I do like to look at them as a reminder of how far I have come, how much I’ve accomplished, and what I can do if I put my mind to it. This is the also way I am wired. I need something tangible.
You may not realize it but once I get near my goal event, I start to think, “What should I be training for next?” I signed up for the Hat Trick right after the NJ State Tri even though I had the Iron Girl Tri coming up. I’m nearing the end of my Hat Trick Training even though it doesn’t feel like it now as the miles are ramping up. So what am I doing, I’m actually wondering what I sign up for in November? Part of me wonders what is wrong with me, but part of me knows that I’m not alone or there wouldn’t be so many people at all these races and I wouldn’t have so many people to do training runs with either:)
How are your wired?