Motivation and focus

I had a double workout today, Strength and Endurance.

After dropping the kids off at school I headed off the the gym for a strength workout.  Before the hitting the weights I did 30 min easy spin on the stationary bike.  The only thing I really like about these bikes is that they have a watts indicator.   I can’t afford a power meter (yet),  so I like being able to see wattage.  On an easy spin, I was cranking 240w with a HR of 120-125.  I don’t know if this is good or not since I haven’t been doing any power tests.

Later in the afternoon I did 1.5hr in zone 2 with cadence around 90-95 rpm.

It’s interesting how it’s so much harder to do a zone 2 workout on the trainer than it is to do on the road.  For example:  I can ride the Peak to Peak in zone 2 for hours.  I’ve already done it 5 or 6 times this year.  But on the trainer after 1 hr I’m ready to get off.    I probably could have gone at least another 30 minutes, but I had to get back to work, the job hunt.

How do I do it?  For one, set a goal.  The goal must be realistic,  more then 2hrs on the trainer will lead to burnout fast.  I don’t recommend it.  I’m also motivated.  I have many things to motivate me.  Find what motivates you.

  • Staying fit.  I have some lofty goals this season.  I want to minize the lose of fitness I gained last year.  I’ll be posting these soon.
  • I like to eat.  I need to make sure that I don’t put on anymore weight this season.  I weigh 182lbs right now, and I’d like to be between 170 and 175 by end of June.  I know it’s possible to get my goal weight, but not if I keep eating and not exercising.
  • Exercise just makes me feel good.  I don’t feel right if I don’t get a good workout in.  I need to do something, easy or hard.

How do I stay focused on the trainer? I use the TV to get my mind off of the pain and discomfort.   We have Netflix and our satellite TV service has a couple of good commercial free movie channels.   I find anything that will keep my focused for the time I have planned.

This works for me, but it may not work for you.  If you’d like help getting motivated and staying focused ont he trainer contact me.

Posted in Training Blog.

cwilhelm

Head Coach for mtbcoach.com. USAC Certified Cycling Coach.

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