When asking a friend what events he wants to do next year, he replied “Nothing much. I would love to do the South Downs Way in a day, but I haven’t got the time to train for it.” He later said that when he finds the time he will then put his mind to it.
Having a goal for the next season is essential if you want to improve and stay motivated. You will never find the time for training if you don’t have a goal. Work first with your mind to establish what you really want to achieve. Once you have a goal to aim for, if you are determined, you will find the time for training. I call this 'Training the Mind' where I delivered a presentation about it last year to Redhill CC.
Sometimes it is not so much a matter of finding additional time, but finding a way to incorporate training in with your daily routine. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Focus initially on your ‘will’ then you can find a ‘way’ to accomplish it.
A few weeks ago I was lacking enthusiasm whilst training in the gym. Now that I have my key goals established for 2011, there is much more of a purpose to my training where I can't wait to get to the gym. I am even looking for specific exercises to help me with my quest. You'll have to wait for another post to discover my goals for 2011.