What motivates you ?

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tribear3 PM tribear3
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Posted: 8/25/2012 2:56:04 PM
Ive been doing triathlons for a couple years now .. but recently i had knee surgery and now on the DL.. been going to physical therapy and everything but healing seems to go slow.
 i know that i want to get back into triathlons once my knee gets better. As i slowly try to get back into working out and training sessions at the pool and the road, i noticed that i really lacked alot of motivation. 
thinking about what motivated me before didnt motivate me now? and i just want to see what other peoples motivation for doing any physical activity is.. 

For me it was to lose alot of weight..... and now that i did , must find another way of motivating myself
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Posted: 8/26/2012 12:59:13 AM
Team captain for one of the Concept2 Virtual Rowing Teams

Very motivating

Challenges throughout  the year

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Posted: 8/26/2012 7:41:25 PM
For me there's different layers of motivation.. There's the motivation or stubbornness within a workout or a set or even a rep to push that little bit harder or further than you did on that one exercise last time.. 

Then there's the bigger picture stuff that motivates, like for me knowing that I've committed to get up on stage in a few weeks in my first bodybuilding competition.. Having that in the back of my mind for the past few months has been a massive motivator.. It's got me off my behind and to the gym lots of times where I previously might have just said 'darn it I'll take tonight off'.. It's made me grit my teeth, suck in a few deep breaths and keep going during leg sessions where I felt like I was going to pass out (and previously would have pulled the pin and gone home).. It's been that constant little voice in my head telling me to take EVERY set to failure and beyond and to keep my mits off the sugary high carb stuff in the cupboard because my bodyfat needs to be around 6% in a matter of weeks (currently 8.7)

So to cut a long story short, IMO the best thing you can do if you're battling for motivation is commit to something like a competition ect that puts you on a deadline.. Your motivation will 'snowball' the longer you go, to the point where you'll be almost bullet proof from doing anything that might hurt your progress because you know how far you've already come and how much effort and discipline you've had to show just to get to where you are
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Posted: 8/30/2012 3:42:02 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by tribear3:

Ive been doing triathlons for a couple years now .. but recently i had knee surgery and now on the DL.. been going to physical therapy and everything but healing seems to go slow.
 i know that i want to get back into triathlons once my knee gets better. As i slowly try to get back into working out and training sessions at the pool and the road, i noticed that i really lacked alot of motivation. 
thinking about what motivated me before didnt motivate me now? and i just want to see what other peoples motivation for doing any physical activity is.. 

For me it was to lose alot of weight..... and now that i did , must find another way of motivating myself

I have a good friend who does triathlons... been doing them a for a while he like late 40s... with his triathlon training and competitions he quit smoking and lose a alot of weight...

but he also plays team sports which I think is great...  he often says that seeing others go out and give it their all makes him want to give his all... he often admits that playing is a part of his training for triathlons...but  the leagues we play in are competitive so it requires that you be in decent physical shape to compete so it is a motivating factor in keeping an overall level of fitness, eat/sleep/recover right...

teammates... 


I think you gotta give your self some time and work your way up... have you done a half triathlon yet?
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Posted: 8/30/2012 6:44:10 PM

Good thread and good question.

Suppose I would answer that there's just no way I could give back all of the hard work without tossing in the towel on life. Pretty much one of the few things left I personally derive pleasure from at my age.

Try not to ask yourself the question too often and just train. Each month of no misses and hard work take 4 days off as a reward. Pro card holders will tell ya that.

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Posted: 9/2/2012 2:28:18 PM

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Posted: 9/2/2012 2:29:53 PM

Actually a great question.

I go in spurts/phases with varying intensity but still have a basic routine/habit in there.  At least if it is teeny, a basic routine which is like automatic and brushing teeth.

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Posted: 9/2/2012 2:35:13 PM

No bodybuilder over here but would listen to your body and don't understimate rest and nutrition.

Personally, I have overtrained in the past and hit plateaus easily.

Now can go six months without even looking at a gym but do other things like pushups/pullups/floor work.

Those Concept2 rowing machines are badass by the way.  Totally badass.

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Posted: 9/2/2012 8:44:00 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by searchwarrant:

Good thread and good question.

Suppose I would answer that there's just no way I could give back all of the hard work without tossing in the towel on life. Pretty much one of the few things left I personally derive pleasure from at my age.

Try not to ask yourself the question too often and just train. Each month of no misses and hard work take 4 days off as a reward. Pro card holders will tell ya that.


 agreed the more you put in the easier it is to stay motivated cuz the more you have to lose if you quit
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Posted: 9/6/2012 2:00:42 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by dl36:


I have a good friend who does triathlons... been doing them a for a while he like late 40s... with his triathlon training and competitions he quit smoking and lose a alot of weight...

but he also plays team sports which I think is great...  he often says that seeing others go out and give it their all makes him want to give his all... he often admits that playing is a part of his training for triathlons...but  the leagues we play in are competitive so it requires that you be in decent physical shape to compete so it is a motivating factor in keeping an overall level of fitness, eat/sleep/recover right...

teammates... 


I think you gotta give your self some time and work your way up... have you done a half triathlon yet?

ive done sprints one year , olympic one year, did one half (got hurt) need to catch up to my friends who are doing IRONMAN next year.. but just found out that i might be out 4-6 more months... have to go get surgery again!!! sux!!!! 
Im korean and i really dont know that many koreans whos do triathlons other than couple of my friends.. and alot of people in my first degree of friends always ask me "why i do you still want to do triathlons after you got hurt, and had to get surgery" and the only answer i gave them was "cuz i love triathlons and i can do them, its better than sitting on  your @$$ all day long watching tv...
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Posted: 9/6/2012 6:07:41 PM

Hot women in the gym help a lot. I see one every month in my gym.

Crushing my motivation working out around a bunch of guys.

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Posted: 9/8/2012 4:18:37 AM
when i eat right i feel motivated to workout, if i eat garbage i have zero motivation to workout or really to eat right for the rest of the day
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Posted: 9/11/2012 12:55:26 AM

* The "Runtastic" app is a huge motivator.  I was tippin' 300lbs, then I started walking a mile, then walk/jog 5K's with that app every day. 

* Another awakening was the movie "Forks Over Knives".  Still the #1 documentary on Amazon for almost 2 years now,....enough said.

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Posted: 11/8/2012 5:29:40 AM
Body consciousness plus football
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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:49:18 AM

As a kid my oldest brother was always bigger, faster, stronger, had multiple chicks and cars and was 10x more bada$$ than any Fonzie could ever be... and he busted my behind about everything to fire me up.

As an adult I joined the Army and one day I needed something to get me through morning PT because I was getting smoked by the drill instructors... I though of him and it put me way over the top with energy and no pain. I entered a zone.

 I never realized how much I had looked up to him... but in that moment I realized that all that he put me through worked... I just had to think it and I could do it.

I don't think he knows how much he helped me in life by always trying to get me to be better... the best in everything I tried.

To this day I admire him for how great a big brother he is to me.

I can enter that zone anytime I want to by just letting it happen.. and he helped show me how without my even knowing that he did it back then.

Some big brothers can be awesome.

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