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Do you have any goals set? Two years is less time than I was off (chronic knee problems for ~ 4 years) and when I decided that I was ready to get back into it I decided that I was just going to go for a big goal right off the bat and sign up for Ironman. I don't know if it's the right thing for me to do but it's sure been huge motivation to get my ass in gear. I think it's easier to find motivation if you have something to work toward. If it's too much to set a long-term goal, try a goal for the day or the week and give yourself small rewards along the way.
Either that or a major race-goal.
I fight with this all the time. For me, I have to give myself permission to just go out and have a fun swim/ride/run, that has NOTHING to do with training. I find a few of those sessions helps get me back on track. Since you've had a two year layoff, you may need to seek something bigger, bigger than the sport even. Think: "I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro" or "I want to hike the Grand Canyon, rim to rim to rim".
Maybe find a new sport even?
Good luck... and nice to hear from you again!
"How bad could it be?" - SimpleS
Thinking of the scale # made me get on the trainer this morning for 45 minutes. I hate the trainer, but guess what? It actually felt OK and I was so glad I did it.
I took about 2 years off as well and hated how I looked and felt. It's tough to get back at it, but I love how it feels to be in shape. The "fat" feeling is still pretty fresh in my mind as well and I don't want to go back to it and that is what motivates me right now.
-A clean, properly working bike
-New running shoes
-A deal with myself, "if you run x miles, you can buy that shirt you like"
-Tracking workouts (when you look back you can't help but be a little proud)
Good luck with your return from training hiatus!
For me, it's all about wanting to win. That's what I think about every single time that I get on the trainer, every interval that I'm trying to finish ...
I rarely lack for motivation ;)
I WAS really pretty bummed after this summer, though. Totally felt like I'd lost that drive. Then I did a race totally for fun. Got my a$$ kicked like you wouldn't believe but WOW! It sure reminded me of the joy that there is to be found in competing and how much I really love to be out there.
Lots of other people are more motivated to be healthy, to be involved in the social scene ... whatever. I think you have to make a plan and pick workouts that support whatever goals you have and then you'll be happy to do them.
One really good piece of advice that I read a long time ago about starting back up after a break is to "start from where you are". Aim to make tomorrow better than today. Trying to compare to where you were a month, a year, whatever ago is endlessly frustrating. By the same token, the massive, quick progress that you can make from being totally out of shape to being an athlete again is just awesome. Our bodies are amazing things!
Hope you find something that makes you happy!!
or finding a hottie to chase around the roads on a bike works well too.
- I think about how crappy I'll feel if I don't go for a run. I always get angry with myself if I don't get a workout done and so now I rarely miss one. I'll cut them short but I don't miss them altogether.
- I'll get myself a new pair of running shoes, new training clothes, something that I look forward to using.
- I will also put on my running clothes so that I feel like an idiot if I don't get up and go.
- Goals are a huge part of what keeps me long term motivated. Training to lose weight not as much. Training for a race, very much.
- I have to see a clear link between what I am doing and how it will get me where I want to go.
- Having a coach makes a huge difference for me.
As you can see, it isn't one thing that does it every time but the above list is what gets me out the door.
"In order to keep a true perspective on one's importance, everyone should have a dog that worships him and a cat that will ignore him." - Dereke Bruce
And since I'm in crappy tri shape right now I'm trying to set some other goals that aren't tri related. Like learning how to do kipping pullups and managing to bang out 10 of them in a row. Or doing 100+ situps a day. Or knitting a hat a week. ;)
Or a coach, since you are paying them and the guilt of wasting money and not meeting his demands can weigh enough to get you moving.
Sue, currently wallowing fin my post IMAZ completely unmotivated, lets get drunk - eat cookies and cheese like a pig - party til January 1 cause I really (think I) need a break and I can't fathom doing anything else until then!
+1 on thanks for all the responses. Also "starting where I am" is a great help to me too!
After all the studying I did in university my fitness had really gone down hill, and I didn't realize then that "starting where I am" was easier after graduation because I moved to take a job - which meant nobody in my new town knew how "good" I used to be! :-)
I know this last year i wasn't very motivated. Going into a couple races under trained. That will definitely help motivate me this year. Those races sucked, and it's because I skipped a few too many workouts or half assed them.