Training and Racing Through Hard Times

Training and Racing Through Hard Times

"I find that there is not just one thing that helps motivate me at 4am to workout, but multiple ways I have used over the years that gets me going."

I am honored to be a part of the 2020 Tri Sirena Team again! I have continued to swim, bike, run, work, eat, sleep and protect my skin lifestyle that us Siren Luminaries display. There is not one person I believe that is reading this that has not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It has rocked our world in so many ways. Lives have been turned upside down with job losses, anxiety of an illness, quarantine, cancellations, and the fear of most, death of a loved one due to Covid. I felt that I needed to reach out to the active lifestyle individuals reading Tri Sirena blogs.

I personally was affected by being furloughed from my job, working in an ED and seeing ill patients and increasing apprehension of getting my loved one sick with the illness. I couldn't believe in the middle of a healthcare crisis so many would be furloughed. I was affected just like so many others in the world today.

I just returned home from Disney World Marathon weekend 2020 to my job and staff members were starting to mention this thing called Covid-19 or Corona Virus and how it's affecting other countries. I was the first to say "I don't think it will ever get here". I was proven wrong, and the first to say "I was wrong!" It did get here and it affected everyone I knew. The next thing I knew was I was furloughed at my jobs, I was quarantining my twins at home, and ordering groceries online to stay safe. I got used to the idea of we may have a new normal, but then I started to receive the emails I knew were coming down the pipeline eventually... Event Cancelled 2020. Email after email, after email, told me that my events were cancelled. What was I going to do? I am so passionate about triathlons and marathons and loved all the training. If I wasn't going to have any events, then why would I keep training. I did keep training till I got the golden email "Ironman Tulsa 2020 cancelled till 2021"! I knew it would most likely be cancelled, but I didn't want to believe it till it was set in stone. All events for my 2020 racing season have been cancelled and I don't think any Ironmans will occur for the remainder of the year.

I presented a lot of facts and fear, but that's not what I want this blog to be about. I want to help inspire and motivate you to keep moving forward and to keep training. I find that there is not just one thing that helps motivate me at 4am to workout, but multiple ways I have used over the years that gets me going.

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The 1st thing I do to help get me motivated kind of sounds silly, but I listen to motivational music, podcasts or audios. My favorites are Fearless Motivation and Go Find Your Awesome Podcast. They help me refocus on why I do what I do. They help me see how lucky I am to be able to run and workout everyday. I find myself with increased motivation and appreciation for my time spent being active.

The 2nd activity I try is to buy something new. My favorite of course is to buy new Tri Sirena apparel or hat and get excited to use it. Don't we all just do better, when we look better? It can be helpful to reward yourself in a hard time and use this tool as a pull to get you back in the pool or back in the saddle again.

My 3rd suggestion is to find a favorite youtube channel and use it while you are in the pain cave. I carry down my large iPad to my basement every morning around 4am for those quick workouts before work. I can watch anything that my mind decides on. I find when I watch old videos of Ironman races or RunDisney events that I can find my "Why" even when the sun hasn't come up yet. It can be time that is devoted to yourself, and it's not selfish. This time spent on yourself can and will make you a better person. Many have heard from Admiral McRaven "If you want to change the world start by making your bed". It may sound silly, but if you start your day off with a task you can be proud of you can set the rest of the day up for success.

The 4th tip I have is the most important and what I believe to be the most helpful on those days you just want to say "no"! I take a look at all that I have in my life and say, you have a lot going for you! I am in one of the hardest times in my life. My world is changing around me and I find it some days to be unbearable and hard to get out of bed. What matters when we are stressed about jobs, Covid crisis, bills...etc is our families and health. I have come to find time and time again that races are fun and important, training is necessary for my mental and physical health, but what matters in life is to have a happy and healthy family. When you lose one of these two things, nothing else matters and you will strive forever to try and regain your health/happiness and family.

So, what I need you to do is to look at what you do have and not what you don't. I know personally it's so easy to look at all that is going wrong and you can be pulled towards negativity. We must not be the ones in the room that look for the negatives but searching for the positives. Those positives in my life are my health and my family. Once I focus on the real things that matter to me, all others fall into place as they should be. Lying next to my 2 beautiful children and looking into their eyes, I see their trust, love and happiness and it fills my heart with joy. I know I will be a better role model for my children, co-workers, friends and even myself if I keep searching and striving to find the positive side. I am reminded by a quote I heard on a Disney movie with Winnie the Pooh. Winnie stated "I get to where I am going by walking away from where I have been." Start fresh today and think positive!

Written By: Beth Hinton, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
Follow Beth on Instagram @hintonfox

How do you get yourself motivated? Let us know in the comments below!

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