I need a plan

I woke up this morning and wished the hubs a happy hump day.  Doh.  Clearly, I have no idea what day it is, and while I love being closer to the weekend, I can’t believe this much of the week is gone already.

Last Thursday was the last time I did a planned workout.

I’ve skipped everything on my training calendar since then.

Do I have a hundred excuses?  Yup.  Are a few of them actually pretty good?  Of course.

But the fact remains that as of today it has been 1 week since I’ve done anything to help me reach my goals.

And since you all know me, you realize this also means I’ve been eating and drinking too much and have just generally been a hot mess.

I was talking to a friend yesterday about Crossfit and felt like such a fake.  Last time I went I PRed my clean and jerk, and haven’t set foot in the box since.

Thanksgiving is in one week.  Christmas just over a month.  Vegas right after that.

Not to mention I’m doing a freaking TRIATHLON in around 5 months.

I don’t have the time to skip training, and good excuses or not, I need to find a way.

This morning I woke up and my first thought was, “I don’t need more excuses, I need a plan.”

Part of me just wants to pick up the training that I was supposed to do this week starting with today, but because of the upcoming race I really do need to prioritize some workouts over others.

I need to get on the bike at least twice before Sunday, and one of those needs to be a long ride of at least 25 miles.  I need to run at least twice as well.  Swimming twice would be a good thing too.  I don’t want to ignore Crossfit, but with all of that to fit into 4 days, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

So for the sake of accountability, I give you my readers, my training schedule for the remainder of the week.  Feel free to check in with me, to keep me accountable, or to just cheer me on and I cross the workouts off the list.

Thursday 11/21
Lunch Ride- 10 miles @15-18 mph pace (group)
**Done- 10.3 miles @16.5 mph average by myself on tri bike
After Work- 2 mile run @ easy pace
**Done- on treadmill @13:30 pace

Friday 11/22
6 am- 1500+m swim
**Done- 2000 m in approx. 45 mins
7 am- 9 mile bike ride @ 14-15 mph pace (group)
**Done 9 miles @ 14 average pace

Saturday 11/23
AM- Long ride 25 miles @15-17 mph pace
**Done on the NEW BIKE at 15 mph pace exactly (1:40)
PM- 1500 swim
**Moved to Sunday- Done 1500 in about 35 mins, bricked with run

Sunday 11/24
AM-  3 mile run
**Done, right after run.  On the treadmill.  First mile really had trouble convincing my body that it actually wanted to run, but smooth sailing after that.  41:30

That looks like a lot, but really it’s not at all.  I need to just gently remind myself that it’s well within both my comfort zone and my abilities.  When I successfully complete this, while some damage will have been done from my week of laziness, I still will have logged some miles towards my tri training and won’t be in as bad of shape as I could if I let this lazy streak keep going.

I already have next week planned out, and will really need to stick to the plan as there is a holiday and travel in there.  Skipping a workout early in the week won’t help me one bit, and I will do my very best to hold myself accountable.

What about you?  Have you ever just not wanted to workout?  How long did it last?  How did you get yourself back into the swing of things?

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20 thoughts on “I need a plan

  1. I was wondering about youuuuuuuuu 🙂 Hadn’t seen you in passing at the box. There have been some fun WODs this week. I wish I’d been able to do Annie but I am still only doing MWF because I still need a rest day in between.

    I haven’t been unmotivated since I started CF in August, but I have certainly been unmotivated before. Not really sure I have any good advice, especially since you already have the goal of the race, and a goal is a good way to stick to a plan.

    See you tomorrow at 6:55?? 🙂

    1. I’m actually going to swim and bike tomorrow morning before work, so no CF for me this week. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened, but it’s been awhile. 🙂

  2. The toughest part is starting. Don’t look at all the workouts you have to do. Focus on one, get it done, cross it off the list and move on to the next one. Make it into smaller goals. I find it helps me sometimes. Know that we are out here, rooting for you, cheering you on! When you think you can’t run/swim/pedal/crossfit anymore, think of your cheering squad! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome advice! I was actually just sitting here stressing about biking AND running today, but you’re right. I’m going for a bike ride, and it will be awesome. When it comes time for the run, I will focus on that.

  3. Lol I read the first paragraph and got all bummed because I thought it was Wednesday…I don’t want to workout all the time. When I get super busy with other things, I would much rather lay on the couch or get an extra hour or two of sleep. I usually read a few running blogs to help motivate myself and to remind myself of my goals.

    1. Yeah, if left to my druthers I will ALWAYS choose sleep over working out. And when I get stressed, wine. So stay up late drinking wine = not waking up early to work out ever. It’s an ugly cycle.

  4. Here is mantra for you: If you never quit, you don’t have to keep starting over.

    The past is already done and can’t be changed. You have today and the next day and the next. Make them count.

    I often don’t want to go to the box mostly because it is daunting and soul-crushing at times. But if it is my day to, I drag my old, fat ass out of bed and get there. I’m never sorry. Well, the first day I went and then couldn’t walk for four days, but I’m past that now.

  5. Good luck on your training plan! Since you took the time to plan it all out I’m sure you will do it. RIGHT??? :p I always go through bouts very similar to what you did – It usually starts with bad eating first and the lack of exercise immediately follows. It can last a week or even two, and then I shake myself awake after realizing what I’ve been doing to myself. I blog about it, create a plan, and follow through. There’s usually a point where the brain and body say enough is enough.

    1. You are totally right! And actually, when I sat down to think about how I was going to do it, I did start to get a little excited about the plan. I feel so much better when I am active and eating well, and I think sometimes I just need to remind myself of that in a public forum with folks who will help hold me accountable.

    1. I actually think my rut is somewhat tied to the time change. I feel like I don’t get to see the sun much anymore, and it’s making me a little down. Though that’s all the more reason to do my lunch workouts. Living in Florida it’s still really warm and sunny, I just need to get out there and play in it!

  6. There are definitely times I dont want to work out. Days, weeks. I try to give myself a couple days whenever I feel like that, cause I like to think it’s my body telling me it needs a break. But usually after a week or so I start to feel crummy and want to get back in to it. Maybe try doing it with other people, so they can help push you back in to it?

    1. That’s great advice! I think I might have been getting a little run down, so I’m not going to beat myself up over the days off. But I’ve enlisted the help of my blog-o-verse and also reached out to a few of my cycling and crossfit peeps to help keep me accountable. I know once I get back in the swing of it, I’ll be back to being unstoppable!

  7. Well, you know this unstoppable Warrior Girl had her first “I don’t wanna” stretch as did super human Coach. So the fun began with straight lifting 5 days of 3×15 workouts, increasing 1 set a week until, alas, We now have 1 day left. Am I motivated again? I’m motivated to get the hell out of 6 sets and return to my regularly scheduled program!

  8. Ahhh, it happens to me all the time. I am doing really well and then I just get in my own way. I decide to sit on my arse, drink way too much wine and eat shitty food. I don’t cook or workout and the whole time I feel guilty, so it isn’t even like a nice wee break! Then I snap out of it, go back to my normal life and realise how much I love it! (happened to me this week actually!) Seems to me you are completely back on track though, you’ll get it all done easy peasy!

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