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Training Update - Finding Ways to Get It Done

I must openly admit it has been difficult to get motivated to get ready for my first triathlon of the year. I generally exercise 5-6 days a week, but sticking to an actual training plan is difficult for me. I've discovered a few things that work for me which I'd like to share with you! 

Don't be afraid to deviate from the plan

Does the training calendar say you're supposed to swim today, but you'd rather go to your favorite run club? Do it! Did you plan for a bike ride, but it's raining? Get your swim in instead! As long as you're getting those miles and laps in you're in good shape. 

Have a back up plan

It feels like Charlotte is beginning to rival the Pacific Northwest. A spin class, treadmill run, or even a strength training session are great alternatives if you can't get outside. 

Invite a friend to join you

Having someone else to hold you accountable is clutch! Plus, training with friends is way more fun. 

Just do it

There are going to be days you don't feel like mounting that bike, pounding the pavement/trail, or getting in the water. All you have to do is bring yourself to sit in that saddle, take that first step, or submerge in the water. Why stop there?


Signing up for local races is a great way to keep yourself motivated in the short term so you can hit your long term goals. I'm currently participating in the Winter Short Track mountain bike race series that Start to Finish puts on each January and February. It's a phenomenal way to introduce yourself to what racing against other mountain bikers is like, and to see where you stand against the competition. I've also got my eye on a duathlon in March which will be a great test prior to Motus Myrtle Beach in April.