Consistency. This is something I have struggled with over the years in my training whether it be for triathlons or for running. I did well with swimming because that was in high school and I had to go to practice. Consistency is built in at that age. You don’t have to create it for yourself. You just show up and do what you are told.
I have found consistency again. Not just a few weeks of it, but months. It is a formed habit. I don’t skip (many) workouts. I certainly don’t skip four in a row. I follow my schedule (for the most part). I run with the most amazing running partner I could have ever imagined, which makes it all more fun. I just do it. I don’t have mental battles weekly or daily anymore. I have heard all kinds of things like it takes three weeks to form a habit. Sure, but it takes 1 day to break it and that I had no problem with in the past. I am not saying that I never have motivational issues, but that is a whole different thing.
Consistency is something I missed, a lot, from past training cycles. Consistency is probably the last word I would ever use to describe my running from last year. I would run 70 miles one month, 30 the next, 80, then 40 again. It was all over the place.
I train with a coach. I have learned that I need someone telling me what to do. It works for me. Really well this time. And I found the right coach. He gives me a lot of flexibility. I can move my workouts around to fit my life. He understands that four days of running a week is what works for me. I talk to him about distance of long runs and we can change it. He somehow always knows the right thing to say. It amazes me how often I get an email from him that just makes me smile. I also like that he is truthful on my workouts. For example this week it said “this workout is totally tough. You will have to be ready mentally & physically today, this workout will just ‘not happen’ you have to put some urgency on it and it should be a fun challenge!” He was right. I struggled, but I did it.
I don’t have a secret on how I found consistency again. It happened. Enough things in my life have fallen into place that it is just working out. I plan on riding this as long as I can.