In the winter, it is the darkness, cold, and multiple days of rain that is the biggest struggles for me. Seattle can get dreary. Depending on how big a season I had, I could be burnt out mentally and physically and not wanting to see the bike, pool, or running shoes. This has not been the case for 2018. My big events got over early in the season.
The below list helps me stay motivated during winter:
- Schedule a couple events for next year (Lavaman March 2019!).
- Replace some swim, bike, run with new or unstructured activities (yoga, hike, …).
- Fix any niggles or imbalances that cropped up (running evaluation).
- Keep using Training Peaks (keep the habit).
I have been listening to The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. The book has been rather enlightening.
The book made me realize that I have a strong habit loop - Training Peaks (cue), activity (trigger), and satisfaction from seeing cells turn green or orange and the feel of endorphins (reward). I lost many work habits with retirement end of September. Continuing the Training Peaks habit loop this winter is important to me. However, I will put impromptu and unstructured activities on the calendar. Tina