Here at The Habit Project, our team is composed of highly competitive, highly driven, elite athletes. Sarah recently placed 7th at the Ironman World Championships. Laurence was 2nd in the world in her age group at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and was an Olympic Trials swimmer in college. Jordan consistently places on the podium in any race she enters and was one of the top performing female amateur athletes in Kona this season. But guess what?!?! Despite being so driven and with a stronger-than-average desire to excel – particularly when it comes to being fit, we frequently struggle to pull ourselves out of bed and get out the door when the weather begins to turn cold. As we sat around at a recent team meeting, we asked each other what keeps us motivated. What we do when we REALLY don’t want to get out the door. And, as we considered our own answers, we wondered what other people do….in REAL LIFE….not just what the articles we read tell us. So – we asked people…..and here are the answers we got:
Wayne V. – Long Island, NY:
- What gets me motivated to train all winter is setting a Spring goal. Not training will not help meet the goal. Indoor training can help, as well as adding in a few session of Bikram Yoga to take the chill out and add some balance to my off season training
- Snowshoeing. When we get snow, I get excited to dust off my snowshoes, put on my Polar watch and no worry about pace since it is SLOW!
- I buy winter clothing in the spring when there are close-out sales and then pack them away. Come winter, when I rotate in my warm winter gear, I get to re-find all kind of new items of clothes with tags on them, which gets me excited to get out the door
- Having a friend or a group tor train with makes battling the elements easier and more fun!
- When it snows overnight, I get up early, pour a cup of coffee into a travel mug and will drive my running route, then will go and run in my tire tracks!
Matt B. – Connecticut:
Hanging out with others! For me, having some camaraderie is huge. I enjoy working out if I’m with a training partner, even if it’s a run when it’s 10 degrees out. Group classes work even better because there’s palpable energy in the room to feed off of
Emily L. – Park City, Utah:
I actually love the winter -I feel like I am able to get better training in and I’m more motivated because there is nothing going on to distract me like during the summertime. I find it harder in the summer to focus sometimes with all the fun social things happening (parties, concerts, weddings, vacations etc). That being said for me I have been skate skiing since college and it is my absolute favorite cross training thing to do in winter. I do it 3-4 times a week and I swear it builds fitness like nothing else. I also do hot yoga in the winter too which I find helps me mentally and gives my body a little restoration. One final thing I do is I bought one of those uv light therapy lamps on Amazon and I keep it on while riding the trainer. Makes me feel like I’m riding in the sun and keeps the vitamin D levels up
Lisa V. – Long Island, New York:
5). Strava: it’s been an invaluable motivator for me since I adopted it in Fall 2013. Sometimes I admit it’s a bit much, but more so than not, it’s had a positive influence on my life.
6). Workout gear: treating myself to really good workout gear makes me want to use it! I have a new Castelli color bomb kit that I’ll be debuting on the AA ride this Sunday; and when I discovered how good the Athleta polartec yoga pants are for cross-country skiing, I bought them in every color!!