Monday, February 08, 2010

What's Driving You?

Last week was my first real week back in tri training this year. It was fun but also frustrating. I've definitely lost some gears and endurance in swimming so that anything faster than ironman pace feels hard and I'm feeling fatigued after just a 500 warm-up. My bike Garmin trilled and stuck its tongue at me as I fought winds gusting to 30 mph. My HR monitor cackled as I hit zone 4 on my first brick run in months.

Where's the fun, you ask?

Well, the truth is that I'm happy to have just gotten out there. My local tri club held their kickoff meeting on Saturday and I saw my old self in many of the newcomers there. The fear of having to put their face in the water to learn to swim. The terror of having to ride a bike on a road with cars or deal with a flat tire. The anguish at having to run on tired legs after a bike ride.

Yep, I remember all those feelings when I first got into tris and I've come a long way. But now with two ironmans under my belt and no plans to do another one this year, why am I continuing to set new goals for myself when I don't really feel there's anything left to prove? Why don't I just relax and play with my grandkids, host Longaberger or Pampered Chef parties, or maybe even clean my house for a change?

Well, besides the fact that I don't have grandkids yet, am an introvert who hates selling things and would rather do just about anything else but clean house, I have some other things to get me off my duff:


New friends to train with -- YAY!!!
(Me in orange with hubby Dave, left, and some folks from my tri club)


A hubby who drops me like a bad habit in 50 deg weather. Grrr...BRRR!!


Thoughts of warm weather, the ocean and beaches in my future.
(mile 9 of Kona 1/2 Marathon)


What's driving you to get out there???

26 comments:

Marlene said...

Great post Shirley!

I still have a long way to go in becoming a stronger marathoner... the knowledge that if I just keep doing this I WILL improve keeps me going.

Wendy said...

Training. So much better than Vacuuming!

In fact, I enjoy training. I like to push myself, chart my progress, assess where I need to do better, and try again! And I enjoy being part of a team of people who enjoy doing the same thing.

Regina said...

Not looking like an ass at my first half iron. That drives me to get up every morning and do the work.

Katherine said...

Well, my motivation for getting fit is to make providing you with grandkids easier, and my motivation in the rest of my life is to move to Mississippi so that your son-in-law will let you have grandkids. :)

Kristi said...

Hmm....I'd say weight loss, but I think it's actually the other way around....I want to lose weight to perform better.

I guess I'd have to say for me it's partly stress relief, partly the sense of accomplishment. Even though I'm still slow, I'm getting faster for me. And that's so fun. :)

Jen said...

My kids are a driving force. I know that i want to be healthy for them.

And your sunny pictures drive me. With 3 feet of snow... I cannot wait until it is so hot, I sweat when I sleep.

lindsay said...

never thought of using it for that excuse... i definitely pick training over tidying house! :) no wonder my house is such a mess. now if only i was more toned so it looked like i was, in fact, running ;)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Trouble is, nothing is driving me lately, GRANDMA Shirley!! And with an IM in 3 months, I better find some time and inspiration SOON.
Can you come over here to Tampa and KICK MY BUTT INTO GEAR???
I understand if you can't. Maybe I should have stopped by at 4:30am this morning on the way back for some inspiration...

JT said...

I am asked this question all the time. What motivates me to run? Easy, to be better/faster than I was yesterday!

Runner Leana said...

Those are all very good reasons Shirley! And really, I think as endurance athletes we will always have some goal to reach that will keep us off our duff! ;)

EndorphinBuzz said...

The reward races and desserts keep me going. Also the look on people's face when they ask: you ran 32km in -20 weather for fun?

Maria said...

I'm pretty much scared of getting old...I realize that I'm only 23, but I have a constant fear of falling apart.

DaveP said...

She forgot to add "and gets dropped like a bad habit when the temperature exceeds 80 degrees"

Rainmaker said...

Does the little one in the picture also ride? :)

Meg said...

I just love to keep moving forward, preferably outside, and pushing myself to the limits. I love finding out what more I can do, how much farther I can go and how much faster. It's just an adventure. I love your attitude, Shirley, I think we find our fun in the same places! Great job getting out there and motivating others, I appreciate you!

Fe-lady said...

I guess I get out there 'cause that's what I have been doing for 40 years....
why change now? :-) (It's kinda like brushing my teeth-I feel yucky if I don't!)

Spokane Al said...

After all these years, my drive comes from inside me rather than a specific race or event. I tend to enjoy the training as much or often more than the race (races foul up my careful schedule!).

That and the older I get the more my metabolism seems to slow and I am continually fighting the battle with the pudge.

Bruce Stewart (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

A very good question to ask. I guess the reason why I like swimming is because I can just relax and have most of the pool to myself. The rest of life can be very boring and stressful, and so it is nice to do something I enjoy.

peter said...

Waiting for tendinitis to heal. This is killin' me.

Bootchez said...

I actually don't really know what drives me. Perhaps the pride I take in seeing myself as a runner? The desire not to get fat? Seeing how far I can run? Wanting to be accepted as a member of a group? I held off commenting on this email for a while so I coud think about my answer, but my answer remains I really don't know. Perhaps a little more introspection is in order here for me.

X-Country2 said...

I've used running as a procrasting tool many a time.

Jennifer said...

The will to beat my husband at a race keeps me going. I think that is the one thing that keeps me on track with my training these days.

TRI TO BE FUNNY-Carrie Barrett said...

I too am inspired by the newbies who have just joined my tri team! One of the biggest things I'm looking forward to is running a Half-Marathon with two of my friends who have never done one before. It may take them 3 hours, but I'll be with them every step of the way as a reminder of how much I love this stuff!!!

jen said...

Great post! Love all the pics.

My main motivation is spending time outside. I love running in all conditions and all landscapes. It's my favorite way to experience the world. :)

Calyx Meredith said...

Great post! I love being part of the tri community. This week, posts like yours are a driving force, because if I don't start something resembling triathlon training soon, I might be kicked out of the club. :D

The Alien said...

I think not having a big race to train for is the hardest moment to find some motivation to go out and train hard, but I always tell myself that I have to keep going out there, to keep training. I try to remember all that I've accomplished with training, all that I've gained and that if I stop I will loose it. That's what drives me when I'm not going for a big event.