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Irrational Lack of Motivation…

February 2014

This offseason, between the ridiculously cold weather and my father passing away my motivation has taken a big hit.  I have no motivation whatsoever when it comes to running and I can’t remember the last time I did my normal push-up sets.  Indoor training on the traning wheels has been normal, if not a little better than last year and I’m pushing much harder gears than I was able to last year but I’m still missing a lot when it comes to the desire to really put the hammer down.  I can get on the bike with a fabulous attitude but fifteen minutes in and I’m doing the old “this is good enough” two-step.

As far as eating goes, let’s just say it’s been a while since I looked at food as fuel…  I am a bit over my optimal weight but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  My cycling weight has me pretty thin, according to Mrs. Bgddy.  Still, I’m feeling a little thick around the midsection.

The truth is I just need to shut up get back at it.  Somehow I’m going to have to dig a little deeper for the motivation to break through this little hiccup.

The above was written at 4:30 am…

The following is from slightly after noon:

My “down time”, or my little lack of motivation period, if you will, lasted for about two weeks.  A few days before my dad passed until today.  I pushed on the floor a bit to get myself used to it again and I had a great session on the bike, even if I did struggle to keep it going.  Of course, one good day a comeback does not make, but this will be like anything else:  One day at a time.

Thankfully, the timing for this little comeback can’t be better – that Godforesaken lump of fur a groundhog decided we’ve got six more weeks of winter – just enough to get me whipped back into shape.


  1. Sandra says:

    Just remember that your body (heart, lungs, shoulders, neck, where ever you carry your stress) is also recovering from the loss, not just your mind. Hang in there and listen to your body, now more than ever. Don’t let it go dormant, that’s not healthy either–but be gentle to yourself.

  2. Kecia says:

    Unfortunately this winter has not been conducive to motivation, but hopefully that will change soon. Just remember that you also need to take the time you need to properly heal (physically and emotionally) from all of the stresses your body has been put under. It is ok to have a temporary setback as long as you notice it and make changes so it is in fact only temporary 😉

    • bgddyjim says:

      I hear you, but this is temporary enough. Sandra (above) said pretty much the same thing and I hear you, but I’d rather have a few aches and pains before I worry about slowing down any.

      I’ll be careful, but not too careful. Thanks for the concern. 😉

  3. AndrewGills says:

    Like Sandra said … be kind to yourself. Grief is an important process that can’t be rushed or ignored. That’s easier to say than do though. There are cycles to life. Sometimes a slow period of training/diet is needed to allow other growth. Just chip away when you can. When the time is right, you’ll know and be ready. Will say a prayer for you and your loved ones in this time.

  4. It’s always one day at a time isn’t it? The best way to live – always engaged – one day at a time.

  5. Sorry to hear abut the passing of you dad, I’ve put on 20lbs since my car accident over the summer, i finally got cleared by my dr to start riding and going the gym again and i get tagged by a car, its been a bumpy 6 months for mr, getting back to your regular workout and riding schedule can be easier said than done. Take it one day at a time and not get too bummed if you miss a work out or a ride

  6. I have trying to get my mojo back since the accident and it is just not there. Went to go for a run on Sunday with my usual running group but once there, I turned around and went home. I have jumped on the bike trainer twice since setting up but each time stopped short of my intended time/distance. Other than swimming at the pool for 50 minutes 2 times a week, my activity level is just not where it needs to be.

    Good for you to reach down and get going. I certainly hope that I can find that spark soon.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Time will tell brother. I’m feeling it today and I’m quite excited about it… 3 weeks makes a habit so I’m going to have to be mindful till March before I can be confident I’m firmly back.

      Good luck to you too brother and remember, if all else fails, fake it till you make it. 😉

  7. I am sorry to hear about your father! I have no doubt you will find your motivation soon. Like others said about try to be gentle on yourself, we both know you’ve got it in you to get right back on track. 🙂

  8. elisariva says:

    I will cut you some slack with all you have been dealing with. Hope you copy me.

  9. […] haven’t written about my much-needed comeback at all over the last week…  I didn’t write about it because, even though it was much […]

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