Hibernation and Motivation by Trina Jacobson
Once the clocks roll back and it’s dark before I leave the office, I find myself wanting to hibernate: more layers of clothes, more comfort foods, and less activity. It’s a constant battle between what evolution dictates and what my cycling goals dictate. In addition, this time of year seems to be jammed packed with extra-curricular activities that syphon off training time, like shopping for bigger pants to accommodate a few pounds of winter weight gain.
I’ve become stressed out about maintaining a certain level of fitness so that I’m not starting from square one when it’s time to ramp up the intensity for next season which is quickly approaching. Racing for a new team and having some new goals adds to the pressure to not suck wheel.
So, a couple of weeks ago, I sat down and wrote a training plan for myself and I’ve already miserably failed to follow it and I don’t even have anyone to discuss it with! I know all the benefits of having a coach, but yet I don’t have one. Let’s look at why I will benefit from having a coach.
Motivation: I’ll procrastinate long enough that I constantly feel like I’m starting over, or feel like I’ve got to “make-up” lost training, which can be detrimental to overall fitness. With someone else checking up on what I’m doing, I try harder to make it happen.
Accountability: Self coaching means that only I know what I’m supposed to be doing, the epitome of super-secret training, right? I also tend to make it too easy and slant it to the things I like to do most. I’ve also been known to flat out not do everything I set out to do.
Outside perspective: When I analyze my own performance, I often see what I want to see like that sprint on the last group ride, but when someone else takes a look, I can’t hide anything like how fast I went backward through the group on that hill…wait, everyone saw that.
So, I’ve hit the reset button on my off season and I’m looking for a coach to help keep me in line. There, I admit I need help; just like I need help being a good mom, a good teammate, or a good employee. I can’t do it all alone and I don’t think I was meant to.
Trina is a mom, loves pie as much as any girl, and an associate cycling coach for Crank Cycling in San Diego, CA.