Today’s Tri Talk Tuesday theme is universal: TRAINING BURNOUT. I’m co-hosting with Courtney from The TriGirl Chronicles today, and we love this topic because it’s wider-reaching than merely triathlon blogs so let’s just call it “FITNESS TALK TUESDAY” rather than “Tri Talk Tuesday” today! Whether it’s Ironman training burnout, marathon training burnout, weightlifting training burnout, Couch to 5K training burnout – whatever your burnout, link up at the bottom of the post!
As for my post, I’m inspired by my previous burnouts when marathon training, half marathon training, and at times – triathlon training. I say “at times” since I’ve typically been gung-ho with the tri training, but I do have my burnout weeks. But this theme is universal, right?
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We don’t need to talk about the burnout itself here, how I start to feel sluggish in the morning, lose my energy for late-night bike trainer workouts, or cut my workouts in half on busy days because I “just don’t have it in me”.
We’ll just skip right on by that business.
Because let’s face it: I’m a glass half-full person. I don’t want to focus on the negative energy. I’m all about the positive. RIGHT? Right!
Here are my ways to LOVE fitness again when you’re experiencing Training Burnout:
Remember Why You Signed Up For THAT
This is the most important way to embrace the love of training again, in my experience. Go back to that moment, that time when you pushed the “Register Now” button. What made you do it?
Was it to reach a personal goal, like wanting to do your first triathlon? Was it to reach a personal PR and best your time for that half marathon? Was it because friends pressured you into signing up for a race? That’s a valid reason too!
Whatever the reason, remember it. It was YOUR reason, nobody else’s. Write it down on a piece of paper. Put it in your pocket and take it out when you are feeling burned out. That reason still exists – it hasn’t disappeared down the drain of burnout.
YOU are still worth it. YOU are still worth reaching that goal.
Think of the Transformation
This is one that always gets me revved up for the training again. Truly. At the beginning of a 16-week training plan, for example, I am one person: I look one way, I feel one way, I am one way. Then at the end of it: I AM DIFFERENT.
I am different physically, mentally, and athletically. I change on the outside and I change on the inside.
YOU WILL CHANGE DURING THE TRAINING.
Embrace that transformation, get excited about it. You cannot change if you don’t put in the training.
You WANT that change, don’t you?
You want to be a different and changed version of yourself in 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 16 weeks, or in 1 year, right?
Visualize the Finish Line
Visualization? Is that some kind of spiritual meditation type suggestion? Because I don’t do that, you’re thinking.
Okay, fine – yes, if that’s your thing, get spiritual. Get meditative. I’m not putting that down at all – do what you do. I have tried it, it has benefits. But that’s not exactly what I mean.
This is what I suggest, and it’s very simple:
- Close your eyes.
- Visualize the finish line.
- Take note your feelings.
Does it make you feel excited? Anxious? Nervous? Confident? Embrace that feeling, whatever it is, and channel that on a morning when you wake up and just don’t have it in you to get on those training shoes. You’ll be lying there in bed, about to press the snooze button, and you’ll think of that finish line.
Fess Up to a Friend
I find it helps to express my feelings of burnout to a friend. Or sometimes even to a random stranger. If I’m feeling overwhelmed with life, training, and all that is piling up, I let it out.
I’m a sharer (ahem, I have a blog, of course i’m a sharer…) and sharing is a way to relieve the pressure that is building up so intensely that it might cause an explosive burst at the least opportune moment.
I want to avoid a Training Burnout Meltdown.
So tell someone. Or type up a post to a supportive online community. Or tell a random buddy at a group workout. Chances are, they’ve been there too.
Tip: don’t share this burnout as your Facebook status. Sure, we’re all human and I think we need to be real on Facebook. But this is not the time. You will get all the non-triathletes and non-runners saying “great, go eat some chocolate cake and put your feet up, you don’t need to do that long run! I always thought you were crazy anyhow!”. And that’s not going to help. General Facebook status updates are not going to be a helpful route for avoiding derailing your ultimate goals.
Remember: it’s just a race.
Wait, I’m not sure you heard me, so repeat after me: it’s just a race.
Yes, I know – I love the race too and have goals that I want to achieve. That’s our thing, we sign up for THAT and we’re going for a goal for our own personal reasons. But if you are stressing yourself out to the point where you don’t even like, let alone love, what you are doing, then it’s time to take a step back.
But take that step, take a deep breath, and smile.
And then get back onto that bike, put back on those running shoes, and embrace the journey.
You have work to do.
When was the last time you experienced training burnout? What were you training for? Did you get out of the slump?
Ah, Tri Talk Tuesday. It will never be the same since one of our co-hosts has decided to cut ties with blogging and focus on other adventures. We’ll miss you, Miranda! So for this week, it’s just me & Courtney from The TriGirl Chronicles co-hosting, but we have a lot of fun things planned so stay tuned!
Link up your running, fitness, training, and/or triathlon blog right here for a Burnout Fest! Be sure to visit and comment on other blogs in the linkup. And go say congrats to Courtney, who just attended a triathlon coaching clinic this past weekend!
NEXT WEEK’S THEME: BIKING ON THE ROADS.