Friday, May 14, 2010

For Love of Sport

Why do you train? Is it because you are trying to reach a goal, you think you "should" or you truly love the sport? I have a friend who recently realized she was tired of Ironman and the long rides and non-existent weekends. So she made some changes, discovered a mountain bike, and found her love of sport again.

I've been asked multiple times - How long are you going to do this? And my answer is always the same. As long as it remains fun. And I believe this should apply to everyone - whether you are a pro or a beginner. Life is way too short and full of way too many options to do something you do not absolutely love.

And while training may not always be easy, I still believe the majority of time spent in your chosen sport should be fun. If you seem to have misplaced it, I challenge you to go find that love of sport again. And if you are having trouble locating it, consider branching out and trying something new.

19 comments:

FLATOUT JIM said...

For 10 years, all I wanted to do was ride my road bike and train for triathlons.

Then last year I signed up for a short track mountain bike race. I had an absolute blast. I am already looking foward to this years season.

X-Country2 said...

I totally agree. I run because I love it. Just that simple.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I go through phases, most of the time I love it, sometimes I "should" just train. How I over come it and make it fun for me is that I view races as parties, a reward for all my hard work, I always look forward to racing, its the training that gets tough sometimes.

SSB said...

It's a love hate relationship with me. If I'm in shape I love training. If I'm out of shape I hate it. But I prefer racing over training. But I have to train to race like I want to.

Amanda said...

great post! i love training. almost to a sick extent. ha.

Michelle Simmons said...

Great post! I'm with you. Love love love to train and race. I can't quite imagine my life without it. :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Hate to say it... but that's why I only train 1 hour a day on average. I don't want to burn out on it. As long as I can do my one race a year (I do break that mold this year) with that amount of effort, it stays fun, I stay fit, and I can remember my kids names when I see them....

Caroline said...

Agreed 100%!

IAN said...

I train cuz its fun. I race cuz its fun. Its fun because of the awesome friends I get to do it with.

Matt said...

great down to earth post!

kristinschleicher said...

amen! I can't even imagine burning myself out on running, I feel so lucky every day that I am able to run. But that is exactly why I know I'm not ready to sign up for an IM (even though I have some equally inexperienced friends already talking about it). I am finally reaching the point of liking 3 hour bike rides... I don't even like the idea of a solo 7 hour bike ride yet. My guess is that I very well might, someday, but I can deal with taking my sweet time to enjoy myself on a little less.

Marit C-L said...

Bravo!!!

Molly said...

Great post! After all the distance of 1/2IMs + a full last year, I'm having a blast playing with short distances this year - it's definitely important to find the fun along the way!

AM-GoalsfortheWeek! said...

very cool post.


what i've learned for myself though is my definition of fun has changed. Fun doesn't = easy anymore. It's almost the opposite. Fun=challenge. and as long as that challenge keeps me inspired, i'm game;-)

Kiet said...

Fun is the often the motivating factor, sometimes it's discipline, and when neither works, I take the day off, after all, I'm not a pro and don't make a living doing it.

Alaskan assassin said...

Its all about having fun. I was going to run a flat 40 miler this morning but after reading this post I am heading up to run in the mountains because that is where I belong.

Kiki said...

Cedric looks very comfortable! I may need to work on my kitties ride, right now it looks like she is strapped down for execution! Mountain biking definately is like playing, and who ever gets tired of playing?

Black Knight said...

Great post, I agree. I like the quote "as long as it remains fun". In my opinion the cross training helps.

Slater Fletcher said...

AMEN!