Where My Motivation Has Been Coming From Lately

triathlon_motivation_inspirationI consider myself to be a self-motivated person.  It doesn't take a lot to get me to move when it comes to training.  I know I want to be better and that is motivation enough.  The numbers motivate me.  If I run a 7:26 mile with a HR of 168 my next thought is how do I run that same pace with a slower heart rate or a faster pace with the same heart rate. I also have my goals for Puerto Rico and Texas which will then help shape my goals for Maine and Arizona plus another 70.3 in there which is most likely going to be Austin again (I have a score to settle with that run course.....motivation right there.)  I have the license plate cover that KC gave me for Christmas right above my medicine cabinet in my bathroom.  I have my goal times for Puerto Rico and Texas written down (on 12/26/2011) in a ziploc bag that is in the book Iron War and whenever I read the book I stare at the goals. I have focused my eating and my training to have purpose and each set is done without thought of the second session.  My focus is solely on that training session and I have a goal for each session.  I am motivated but when I came across this post I was hit with an anvil.  Sure I was doing all of these things to reach the ultimate for myself but the words resonated in a different way. If you don't read Maria Simone's blog Running A Life then stop what you are doing here, head over there and subscribe then come back. The title of the post is:  Becoming The Athlete I Have To Be. The first words of the post are: "Be the kind of person who does the types of things to have the results you want." This is not Maria's quote but one she heard from somebody else and they stuck with her.  The same way that Becoming The Athlete I Have To Be has stuck with me since I read this post. Maria discusses staying healthy, eating clean, being brave, being grateful, having fun and finally race goals.  I cannot tell you how many times I have read this post because I lost count the first day.  I kept staring at it over and over again and reading and re-reading.  I finally told myself that having those goals is great but what am I going to do to get there.  Am I going to go through the motions or am I going to push myself?  Am I going to do the things I need to do. I then read a post by one of my favorite authors Susan Lacke on No Meat Athlete about how we should express our goals to make them more real and to hold ourselves accountable.  I started doing this for Puerto Rico with Greg Larsen and once I get past Puerto Rico I will have a much better idea of time goals for Texas. That all being well and good I am letting the cat out of the bag for Puerto Rico and my goals.  I have two months exactly before the race and I want the readers of this blog to hold me accountable to these numbers and push me to become the Athlete I Have To Be. Puerto Rico Goals:
  • Swim:  35 minutes (current best in HIM: 40 minutes)
  • Bike: 2 hours 45 minutes (current best in HIM: 2 hours 49 minutes)
  • Run: 1 hour 44 minutes (current best in HIM: 1 hour 48 minutes)
  • Transition 5 minutes (current best in HIM: 5 minutes 11 seconds)
  • Total:  5 hours 10 minutes (current best in HIM: 5 hours 28 minutes)
I have been pushing my paces in the water and getting stronger.  I have been running with a purpose to achieve the 1:44 in the half-marathon by setting goal paces out of the gate and then adjusting on the fly depending on heart rate.
The Athlete I Have To Be is a 5 hour 10 minute Half-Ironman so that I can be a sub-5 Hour Half-Ironman in 2013.  Vegas is the ultimate prize!
To read Maria's blog post click [HERE]

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Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

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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