End of July and early August is somewhat a bizarre time of year for a lot of athletes. You have a season’s worth of training that produced new heights of fitness or performance, but motivation to continue training – and racing – begins to wane. August is the end of summer, it’s hot and it’s just a time of year that is weird for athletes.
For most athletes the fatigue/motivation to train is more mental than physical. The trouble most often comes down to inspiration. As much as you want to get in a good week of workouts, you find you’d rather skip the tempo run and head to your friends BBQ. That being said, take some time and re-visit your goals you set out to achieve in 2014. If your “goal list” is not in line with what’s going on in your head, make some adjustments and write down one goal you want to focus on in the coming month. It will help get you through this lull, channeling your attention to something specific which will help improve your mental fatigue.
For inspiration, I suggest something as simple as going to YouTube and watching some videos. It sounds hokey, but a personal story about fellow triathletes, or highlights from a race can both inspire and motivate you. Another suggestion is to retrace your steps and revisit one of your favorite races. Look at pictures and take a moment to reflect on the feeling you had when you crossed the finish line.
Another option is to attend a local race, cheer on friends and surround yourself with positive, uplifting and motivated Triathletes. Jump in on a workout and remember why you do this sport in the first place: to have fun!