Fighting Fatigue

So, it’s been a while. My bad. I’ve been having a nasty time fighting fatigue as I near my Ironman 70.3 in just a few short weeks. Lately, I’ve found it hard to get out the door in the morning; not for my swim workouts, but for my bike and run workouts.

I’ve never really been a strong runner, but I try to make it look like I know what I’m doing. And, when you don’t feel 100%, it’s really easy to talk yourself out of workouts. However, this is NOT a good practice. Let me repeat that sentiment: TALKING YOURSELF OUT OF WORKOUTS IS BAD.

Why? Well, there is a quote I found one time that said something along the lines of, “Don’t lower your dream, raise your effort.” That has always stuck with me. My goals may seem lofty, but they can be accomplished with a little hard work and dedication. I had to remind myself of that lately as I trudged out to door to finish workouts that seemed like they would never end. But the feeling that you get from finishing a workout is so incredibly rewarding that when you’re done, you’re happy you stuck through it–even when your arms and legs feel like lead, and your head just keeps telling you to quit. It’s these emotional moments that are good in training to help you find your own unique way to overcome those negative demons when they enter your head on race day. Mental toughness goes just as long a way as physical toughness.

So, just get out there and do it. You’ll be glad you did. I promise.


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