Focus and Motivation

These past few days have been kind of weird for me.  I have had the hardest time trying to get focused.  It is probably due to the fact the Saints won the Superbowl and I’m pretty stoked about that.  However, regardless of this, my time in the gym has suffered too.  If you are a serious racer, keeping focused in the gym is something that is crucial because this is where you take your riding to the next step.  This may even lead to the days you ride.  This could be a serious problem because if you are not concentrating on riding, you will be on the ground faster than you can say “Who Dat?”

One thing that keeps me focused is to watch “The Great Outdoors.”  I’m talking about the older ones like the 2002, 2003, and 2004 seasons.  The epic slow motion scenes and music gets me in the mood to hit the track.  This is really good if it is cold out and the track is ride-able, but you just don’t feel like riding.  I have found that the days I don’t feel like riding are my best days.  When I put my bike back on the stand, I always think to myself, “I’m glad I rode.”  Sometimes, just forcing yourself to go the gym or track will get you to be focused on eating right and putting a 100% into your training.

The East Coast has been pelted with snow and this makes everything difficult.  You’re frustrated because you have to scrap your car for 30 minutes…only to realize it’s not your car.  That makes you late for class or work and your whole day is thrown off.  Even there is no snow, putting on 5 layers of jackets suck.  You have to take all of that anger/frustration and channel it to your riding or training.  If you can’t until spring, go in the garage and look at your bike every day.  This will remind you of why you go to the gym and do your 60 minute cardio sessions or help you to get one last rep out.

This whole idea of focusing goes with motivation.  In order to be focused, you have to have some sort of motivation.  Like I said before, I like to watch the old “Great Outdoors.”  This reminds me of the best feeling in the world, riding my dirt bike.  Finding that one thing to keep you focused no matter what else is going on will help you ride better and train better.  When you train better, you ride better.


Posted on Feb 09 2010, under Training | No Comments »

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