Help! I can’t get motivated to do consistent training
I started structured training about 5 years ago, first as a way to get fitter and faster around my local MTB trails. Loved it. I set a goal to do Leadville, and this was my source of motivation for 3 years, during which I was pretty consistent and really enjoyed it. I got pretty fast. It was nice. Of note, I was using a competitor’s software, because I found it easier to be entertained on my trainer (vids + music that sync to the rides).
I did Leadville last August, and had planned on taking 2 weeks off the bike and coming back into training to continue to strive towards beast mode. Its now 6 months later, and I still am not back on a consistent training routine.
I have tried using TR’s plan builder w/ adaptive training (which I get super excited about when listening to the podcast - I’m convinced its the best training platform out there). But its just not fun for me: I get frustrated trying to set up my own music and videos, even Zwift, while using it. It seems I always run into some kind of connectivity issue, or the video I try just sucks, etc.
I’ve tried going back to a competitor’s software, which has good entertainment and vids during workouts. Even with that, I just find myself looking at the trainer and saying “no, I don’t feel like it.” That’s even when I’ve set aside protected time to train.
I’ve tried adding races for motivation: I’ve signed up for BWR CA on my calendar, a couple of local races, and an enduro MTB Race (the most fun!). Still hasn’t done it for me.
I listen to the Podcast and find it great - while I’m listening I’m like “yeah! I’m gonna get back into it!” But I don’t.
I even joined a local cycling team - I haven’t ridden with them yet, but I’m pretty sure I’m just gonna get dropped. Even that doesn’t motivate me to get back on the trainer.
I’m now gaining weight in a bad way, getting dropped on rides with friends, and generally wishing I could just enjoy the trainer again.
I know I could use outdoor rides with TR for training, but I’m time constrained with family/job/etc and don’t have time to ride/drive out to a nice road to do that. Doing structured outdoor rides in my neighborhood seems impossible with all the stop signs and red lights, but I haven’t tried it.
Assessment: I don’t like the trainer anymore. But I know its important, and its really the only way I have to get structure training in. Any experience with similar situations? And how did you gain your love for the trainer back?