Well, I am three weeks into my training schedule and it is going OK. I have not stuck to my calendar 100%, but I am feeling really good about what I have been able to accomplish. Last night it was utterly cold out. I shivered waking into the pool area, and I was really not looking forward to stripping down to my suit and jumping in. As my husband noticed, the closer I got to the pool, the slower walked. Last night was just one of the nights where I did not want to exercise. Even though when the air is that cold, the water can be a nice respite. Those moments on the pool deck getting into and out of the pool are icy cold. But I did it. And it felt great to have accomplished my 30 minutes of lap swimming.
And a huge thank you to my husband who swims in the lap next to me. Having an exercise buddy is very helpful to keeping me going.
My goal this month is to do better than last month. It is as simple as that. Each day I try to give it my best – some days I can fit in the training, and some days it really is just too hectic or I am simply too bone tired. But everyday that I get myself out there – I am one more day successful. The days will add up and make a difference. My hats off to those of you that fit exercise in every single day!
My reality is that I shoot for roughly 80% completion of my schedule. That would be 20 of the 25 workouts on my Triathlon Training Schedule – Month Two. I purposefully build my schedule fuller, because I know that life will happen. Even with the best of intentions, life can get in the way. But instead of beating myself up for the days I miss, I congratulate myself for the days I achieve. I look at each day as a new beginning.
What works for you? What keeps you motivated when you are tired and busy? I’d love to know your tricks to sticking with a workout schedule.
For a printable version of the calendar, please click here: February Workout Calendar. Next week, I will share some of the swim drills that I use when in the pool.