Digging Deep for Motivation

Yesterday I read a post on the Marathon Makeover site asking about getting motivated.  I left a comment on the site regarding how I get motivated but it got me thinking about maintaining that motivation.  Some people can get motivated to do a workout, but how about being motivated to do a series of workouts that last a week, then a month, then a year and have it then become a lifestyle? I am a high energy person that enjoys being on the move.  As your mom might say 'That boy has ants in his pants.'  I do have a fire under me and love moving around.  I am a self-motivated person but that does not mean that I always have that motivation to go to the gym for a swim workout or a long bike ride.  I need to dig deep and find that motivation just like anybody else. I look forward to the future and how I want to remember these days.  Did I waste them sitting in front of the TV doing nothing for myself.  Essentially allowing myself to fall apart and then be useless to my family when they need me most.  I look forward to accomplishing great things like racing in half-Ironman and Ironman distance events.  I look forward to leading others to get into this lifestyle by motivating and inspiring them.  That they do have somebody who believes in them. [caption id="attachment_578" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="pic courtesy of going-well.com"][/caption] Challenges to me are nothing more than tests, similar to what you did in school.  You studied and learned and then the test questioned what you learned.  Challenging myself is the same thing.  Have I trained enough, have I eaten the right foods, have I tested my skill.  This is also why I race.  To compare myself to myself. I am always looking to get better whether it be as a husband, step-father or athlete.  That motivates me to continue doing what I do.  I also generate motivation from the personal emails I exchange with friends, family, my coach, and blogger buddies who have become invaluable to me. It is approximately 3-4x per week that I share an email with a person across the country that I have never met.  We discuss motivation and inspiration.  I ask for advice and they ask me for help as well.  It has become a friendship and one that I highly value.  It has allowed me to gain perspective on my life as well as others.  It has given me the opportunity to express my passions about cooking and training but more importantly about helping others. Having surrounded myself with like minded people is what motivates me.  I have listened to Jen's words in my head as I'm running intervals.  I have heard Jennifer's words in my head as I swim lap after lap.  I have used Jeff and Jon's tips in the pool as well.  Riding the trainer for hours and Patrick and BDD come to mind.  Looking for that personal goal to reach Boston and EMZ and SUAR poop pop into my head.  If I need a laugh I can go to Kovas, Julie, Craig, Adena, Lindsay or so many others I won't have room in this post to finish my thoughts. [caption id="attachment_579" align="aligncenter" width="357" caption="pic courtesy of tiferes.ca"][/caption] My point is that motivation is all around us.  It is a ball that you will push up a hill for a long, long time.  But every hill has a peak and eventually that motivation will be going downhill and gaining momentum.  Yes there will be bumps in the road and you will have to push again, but this time the hill won't be as steep or long.  It will be short and with your experience you will know where to turn.

It is all a mind game.  Who wins?  You or your mind?  Your future as an awesome person or your past as a person who held pity parties everyday?  Do you pay it forward and help others and gain motivation from them along the way?  Do you reflect on what you have done instead of what needs to be done?  How do you motivate yourself?

 

I am going to leave you with this.  My coach sent me a text message yesterday regarding getting certified as a coach and it is something that I want to pursue with reckless abandon, but then she threw this out there:

What about getting certified as a nutritionist?  You have such a passion for it.

So now I am going to look into this more than the coaching certification.  My coach motivated me to move toward my passions and this is a perfect example of surrounding yourself with those that will push you and help.

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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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