Climbing out of the doldrums

Pitchpoling

It feels like every post of late has begun with something along the lines of, I’ve not written much lately…  and that’s true.  The truth is I was becoming a little bit befuggled, the winter mornings dark and cool make staying in bed look a lot more inviting than getting up for a run.  Add to that my feeling that I wasn’t making progress, and lack of planning out what I was going to be doing each morning/week and you have a perfect storm of rationalsation that would end up with me waking up in a few months going #$%^ I’m unfit again…

So what do you do when you find yourself lacking in motivation and drive?  The option that I was going with to start off with was to go with it and enjoy my sleep-ins, except that I wouldn’t actually enjoy them, I would lie there beating myself up for not getting out of bed all the while staying in bed…  some might label that a little on the stupid side, the least I could have done was skip a workout and enjoy the experience.  Clearly this work avoidance scheme wasn’t working for me any more than trying to train without a plan was working for me.  In fact it was beginning to feel like the photo above – well and truly out of control and in danger of crashing down.

Clearly it was time to bring some structure back to my training and to this end  I have engaged the services of local coach Mark Sutherland.  For those of you who have been paying attention to sport in NZ over the past 20 years you may have come across his name before, making his name coaching Ian Ferguson & Paul MacDonald back in 1987, Mark has continued to coach a number of international athletes to world acclaim.  needless to say I am far from the dizzying heights of olympic gold, but the skills and rigor that Mark has provided over the past couple of weeks have already shown me that I made the right decision to enlist his aid.

Having a plan laid out each week has made getting up in the dark that little bit easier, and having someone other than myself to explain why I chose the duvet rather than the pavement to is definitely a great motivator.  The plan Mark presented me with has added some much needed variety to my training while not increasing the volume overall.

After my first full week on the new programme I am already feeling the effects, I’m definitely working harder than I was before and I am seeing some improvement already, some of this is possibly due to having a bit of a break and then getting back into it with renewed vigor but I can already feel myself getting a little bit faster and stronger.

Its going to be an interesting few months coming up, I am traveling for work quite a bit so I’ll be training in some new places – new roads to ride and paths to run.  The weather is getting a lot cooler too so I am having to work out just what gear works when its below zero.  All I can say at the moment is that I need some gloves…

The first weeks training

Saturday – Bike 32k, Run 7k

Sunday – Kayak 14k

Monday – Ride 22k

Wednesday – Run 5k, Ride 13k

Thursday – Run 9k

If you want to contact Mark you can find him on his website http://www.thegoldmedalzone.co.nz/

 

2 thoughts on “Climbing out of the doldrums

  1. Is that you doing the pearl dive in the picture? Nice.
    It is great you got Mark helping you with the motivation.
    Don’t like Strava – but I use Training Peaks – when they had a 50% off special. It lets you do an annual training plan with you peaking exactly when you want. So right now, it will have you building up your endurance. I did a 7 km lactate threshold paddle on Saturday – managed an average speed at 8.1 km/h whilst keeping the heart rate at threshold level. It is the first time I done that on a kayak – as I dont wear my heart rate monitor on paddles.
    I got same issues with training as you over winter with darkness and recurring shoulder and knee injuries… It is the running that is going to kill me. I just cant motivate myself to run or walk….

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    1. Yes its me about to get smashed in the pic… try the couch to 5k series for running, it starts slow which should help with injuries and forces you to be slow. I also use the MAF approach to build aerobic base, which has paid dividends now as I am able to run for a couple of hours without spiking my heartrate much and when I do push it I recover really quickly. I have strava – its a good way to track progress over different routes. I also use training peaks for keeping all the stats in one place.

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