Saturday, January 15, 2011

Inspiration or motivation

What drives you? Is it being inspired by something or motivation to complete something....or are they linked?

Right now I'm trying to get motivated to get back in to my workout routine, but find myself struggling. I have a spectacular supporting cast of family and friends. My husband seems to know what I need before I do, or rather reads my mind. Maybe that is the 15 years of being together? Does it finally pay off?? Haha. No, really he's great and has been so good to me through this little period of grief. I have my friends are always there telling me that they are inspired by me (I'm sure not currently) and the other friends that try to get me to do this race or that race.

Last year I had a specific goal. I was motivated by that goal and inspired by other people that had already completed that goal. It was to do the Texas Tri-Series. Starting in February I knew all of the dates, had my calendar all set up and had the BIG race pegged for October 17th. I worked diligently throughout the summer, in the hot weather, through the humidity, through any obstacle that came my way. It was a tough year, but well worth the end results.

This year...I have no athletic goal in sight. I'm wishy washy about any race that people bring up. And I refuse to do a race because of FOMO (the Fear Of Missing Out.) I'm not afflicted with this 'thing' that most athletes are, I'm still (in my head) not an athlete! But seriously, maybe it was my mom asking of me (please...she was TELLING me) 'If everyone else jumped off of the bridge would you do it??' And of course the answer was no and it's still no. People have tried to guilt me into doing races...doesn't work. So here I am. Without a true goal.

One of my oldest friends, we're talking like Elementary through HS friend, told me: "I need to read your blog to get some workout motivation!" And I was thinking...'Oh my, if she reads my blog right now she's not going to get much of anything!'

What to do, what to do... Ideas? Anyone?

Oh, and a nice side note - I'm pretty sure I screwed up my shoulder. It is either my rotator cuff or I tore some of my pectoral muscles that attach to the shoulder. Having it worked on right now, haven't seen a Dr yet. BUT this is putting a damper on my swimming progress. I swam last night, did 1hr, nothing fast but got in 1900 meters.

Wow, just re-read this. Very random post.

To be more random - we're getting a puppy. He'll arrive the week of February 3rd, that is when he'll be 8 weeks old and can travel. SO, T and I won't be doing much in the way of traveling this year. Having a 'new born' at home, can't leave 'em. But, we're very excited to have two dogs in the house again. Syd will get some much needed company and we'll be taking the next steps in trying to heal our hearts.

Okay, enough for now. It's raining outside so I am setting up my stationary trainer for my bike (trying it inside this time!) and will pop in a movie. Hopefully the hours will fly by.

Peace!

4 comments:

T said...

I was GOING to suggest any race down here in my neck of the woods... and then regardless of the outcome we could at least enjoy dinner :)

and then you mentioned the Pup... looks like you need to find something closer to home!

as for what motivates me? yeah, apparently nothing. My workout routine is a little tougher than last year (not that you'd know by looking at my Gut... or butt...) but it's "routine"... not getting me anywhere...

speaking of not getting anywhere, have I rambled enough :)

T said...

I was GOING to suggest any race down here in my neck of the woods... and then regardless of the outcome we could at least enjoy dinner :)

and then you mentioned the Pup... looks like you need to find something closer to home!

as for what motivates me? yeah, apparently nothing. My workout routine is a little tougher than last year (not that you'd know by looking at my Gut... or butt...) but it's "routine"... not getting me anywhere...

speaking of not getting anywhere, have I rambled enough :)

schmitball13 said...

I say we do the MS-150 - assuming the dates are right. :) Motivation for you. Motivation for me to fix my bike. :)

The Sports Mama said...

You've been told repeatedly that you inspire me, and it has nothing to do with what race you're in; or even if you're in one. :)

And in all other aspects of my life? My motivation is my boys. Everything revolves around the effect it will have in their lives. My biggest goal in life is to have them look back on their lives and KNOW that I loved them, and for them to have more good to hold than bad.

Well, that and to be crowned Everyone's Favorite Mom. :)