I’ll be honest, 2015 has been a non-starter training year for me thus far. My workouts have been inconsistent and half-hearted at best. To put it simply, I have had no motivation to train at the levels I once did. My mileage is at an all-time low, my elite memberships on various fitness sites have expired and I am not registered for ANY events this year.
The competitive athlete in me finds all of this very disappointing of course. The aging athlete in me finds it frustrating. However, the working and social sides of me finds the free time liberating. All things considered, I feel torn and lacking motivation to train and compete at anything. About the only successful thing I have done is designed a minimal maintenance training plan that incorporates more strength training than before. I have found it enjoyable and good for the time crunched. You can check it out at the bottom of this post.
Nonetheless, I have struggled at even maintaining this minimal plan. To be fair, there have been many life events and an increased commute that have eaten away at my time and energy in ways they had not before. Still, the lack of competitive edge has been disheartening. I’ve thought about trying new sports, looking for new races, or getting a trainer. None of those ideas have come to fruition. I can’t find one single shred of motivation outside of wanting to compete in the Georgia Xterra Trail Running series again.
So, I am going to go with one of the most basic motivations to get me going again. Money. For every race, workout or training session I complete, I will deposit three dollars in a time-locked account. At the end of the year, I can use whatever I have saved up on any single splurge item I want. Cash is a simple incentive but it works. Why not pay yourself to be your best self? So, if anyone is struggling like me, here is your challenge for the month and/or year; Train for Money.