Momentum: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

[caption id="attachment_3593" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Not the MOmentum I'm talking about"]mamas_boy_vic_mo_food_network_vegas[/caption] Momentum other wise known as Mo or Mr. Mo and no I am not talking about Vic Mo (Vic Vegas) from The Food Network: Next FN Star (btw - the right guy won and I'm contemplating submitting my name for the next season's contest.) I am talking about momentum as in: mass x velocity.  Or an object in motion tends to stay in motion.  Now that we are clear on that, here is the point of this post. There is a saying in baseball that momentum is only as good as the next day's starter (yes, I am a huge baseball geek fan.)  Essentially what the cliche means is that even if you have won 8 games in a row it doesn't matter because your next day's starting pitcher could give up 5 runs in the first inning and start a spiral toward an 8 game losing streak.  So you can see that momentum is only as good as your next day's starter. In triathlon terms momentum is only as good as the next day's workout.  I am going to point to my training over the past few days about where Mr. Momentum has been hanging out. On Thursday morning I had hill repeats to do and since we don't have hills here in Texas I went to the spin bike and just cranked up the tension and pedaled at around 55 rpm.  From there I met Greg for an open water swim and did 1.35 mi in about 48 minutes.  I was feeling on top of the world because Friday was an off day and I would feel rested heading into the weekend training sessions. Saturday morning I was up and out the door to work with Marathon Makeover North Dallas and got in 12.47 miles of running in 1 hour and 40 minutes.  An 8:01 pace  with the middle 45 minutes at 7:30/mile paces.  I did this even though I forgot to bring my hydration with me and still felt very strong but could have been faster. Saturday evening Coach texted me asking how my training was going because she was going to set up the next week's sessions.  Told her I felt great and that I couldn't wait to get out there on Sunday for the long ride and brick run.  I was on top of the world and ready for whatever she had to throw my way. Sunday I rode for 3 hours and 30 minutes and covered just under 60 miles in the 100*+ temperatures and followed with a 3.25 mile run in 30 minutes.  Still feeling strong I could not wait for the ladder down swimming session from this morning. [caption id="attachment_3590" align="alignright" width="273" caption="Keep moving forward regardless of what is in front of you"]momentum_training[/caption] Well, momentum is only as good as the next day's training session.  I got in that pool and my arms felt like they weighed 100 lbs each.  It was like swinging a cinder block with each stroke.  Where had all that good feeling gone?  I figured I just needed to warm up and that I would get into it and feel better.  I did my warm-up, then did my first 600y at T-Pace and 6x25 at a Fast (:20) pace and was still looking for my groove. It was not showing up.  It just did not exist and then all of a sudden there was Greg standing on the pool deck and Momentum showed up again.  Whether it was the friendly competition or the knowledge that somebody else was about to put themselves through the ringer with me I'm not sure but what I do know is that it came back.  I finished out my sets by getting faster with each long set and with a smile. Momentum is back on my side and I'm ready for tomorrow's training but the point of this post is this: Do your scheduled workout because no matter how rotten you feel you will never regret the workout when you are done.  Do not think too much about how good or bad that last session was because your focus needs to be on that day's session.  You cannot control tomorrow's workout and you cannot do anything for yesterday's so live in the present and knock the socks off of the workout you are doing. Our bodies and minds may even go in different directions on some days but we still need to focus on what we are doing, in life and in training.  Worrying about what tomorrow may bring will be nothing but a stressor for you so why worry.  Keep today's momentum going by focusing on today.

How do you deal with a bad work day or bad training day?  Is it any different for a good training or work day?

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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