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I Have A Hangup With Training…


January 2013

I have a hangup with training.  I admit it freely.  I love riding my bikes – I mean it, I freaking dig it, but I just haven’t found a way to translate that into actual training.  It’s like this;  you hit 42 years-old and you think back on when you were a kid.  It’s summer break and all you’ve got to do is ride ten miles over to your buddy’s house to hang out, shoot pellet guns, jump old bmx bikes into the pond, play some baseball and fun the summer away…  That’s how I feel when I ride my bikes.  Honest to God – I feel just like that.  I like running too though it’s not quite as sexy to me.  Running takes a back seat to riding any day.  More importantly, if I go too long without running or riding, I feel 42.  I get grumpy, my body starts creaking in ways that it normally doesn’t – it’s all bad.  I need me some endorphins.

That said, I’m horrible at actual training.  While I do push hard, especially on my bikes, I have a serious problem getting into the interval training, staying in certain “zones”, messing around with specific diet plans…  Last year I had planned on doing a half Ironman at the end of the season.  About four weeks into the training, that feeling was fleeting.  All of a sudden it wasn’t about just going out for a ride – I had to get my miles in, I had to ride this far and run that far and work in some intervals…  I lost the summer break feel so I dropped the training.

This year I seem to be doing a little better with it though.  I’ve managed for two straight weeks to bump up my trainer miles and I’ve kept up my running miles where I wanted them so who knows, maybe I can break through this year.  On the other hand, maybe I don’t…  Maybe I lose that summer break feeling again.  That will remain to be seen, but I can tell you this – if I feel it slipping away again, that half Ironman is off the docket again.  I love being in this position.  To be fit enough that I can pick and choose what I want to do and whether or not I want to put the effort in to do it – and it won’t make a difference either way.

That said, it looks like I might be running twelve with English Pete, Aaron and Jeff tomorrow…


  1. aaronwest says:

    You and me both. Just knowing how cool it is to ride once you’ve trained motivates me some, but it still sucks. I now kind of understand how football players would complain about practice, yet they love playing in the games.

    • bgddyjim says:

      That’s an interesting way to look at it – and explains a lot. I have to give up some bike rides (which I enjoy much more) to train for the other two sports… That’s really what had me bugged last year.

      Thanks a lot for leaving that comment brother, you helped me see a different angle on the perspective… Thank you.

  2. zliten says:

    I understand what your saying here. I think one of the things that kills me is “training” in the pool. I just get so bored compared to swimming in a lake or running or biking outside.
    But what I found that really helps is a training buddy. Someone you can train with a few times a week. Someone that has the same goals is even better. Then you can let your competitive spirit make you push harder just to make them go faster.
    Its easier for me I would think since my wife and I both do Triathlons and we train together 6+ times a week, but we also have other friends we will train with for lake swims, runs and even biking. By bringing in those extra factors we are able to really focus and pushing ourselves to do better than each other and who ever we are going to be training with.
    Good luck finding a training buddy.
    And good luck on your half, I did my first one last year and now I can’t wait to do more!

    • bgddyjim says:

      I belong to a running club locally – the problem is that I’d rather ride than run in the summer… There’s no fixin’ that. I would LOVE to train with my wife though – you’re a lucky man.

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