Day 16/Post 16
At the beginning of 2020, I took up a new sport to shake up my physical routine. After 15 years as a long-distance 1/2 marathon athlete, I was looking for a sport to mix up my fitness routine and give me more of a full-body workout.
I was looking for a competitive sport; I would complete in about the same time as a 1/2 marathon race time.
I loved to swim as a kid and thought swimming would be a great sport to revise. Running was a big part of my life and didn’t want to abandon, and my wife and I love to bike together. Throw swimming, biking, and running in a fitness blender, and what have you got a “Triathlon.”
With a race entry secured, I started to roll out my plan, and then the coronavirus pandemic began to gain momentum and shut much of the globe down.
For many of us, we had to reset the dial on your lives; adjustment became a word you need to embrace.
All the recreational training facilities suspended activities, and my sprint triathlon training almost came to a grinding halt.
I can’t swim, biking on the roads and bike paths are only clear of ice and snow in the last week, longer than usual winter.
Running outside has been excellent as I own the proper outside running gear.
Starting a new sport gave me an extra bounce in my step.
I am committed to living a long and healthy life.
The change-up in my sport was delivering results in a few short weeks, hitting individual goals I had not to achieve in four years.
The Challenge and Opportunities
I decided this was not the time to let this coronavirus pandemic get me down, and I can tell you it is easy to talk yourself out of training. This mental beat down by COVID-19 takes place every day, and I need to draw on all of my resources to get myself up and out.
Okay, Rick, how are you still getting out and hitting the running and training trails?
Using the internet is a way of life, and I don’t even want to say a new way of life. What is happening right now in the world makes using the internet a more and more standard way of life.
The resources we all have access to make us better in our financial, mental, physical, and wealth pursuit are incredible and found online.
- A Coach In Your Discipline
I started using a coach out of New Orleans, thousands of miles away from where I live (mid-February, 2020) before the coronavirus started its rage.
My coach posts through her YouTube channel, the coach was active in training for a race and was a few weeks ahead of where I was in my training regime.
By mid-March 2020, the tone of the training videos was changing as the coronavirus across North America was getting worse.
My coach took a break from video posting for a couple of weeks in early April as the coronavirus took hold in New Orleans.
Today my triathlon coach posted for the first time in a few weeks and told all of us she and her family were safe and healthy. She checked in on us and informed us the triathlons in her area were all cancelled for the balance of 2020; cancellations happened in our area also. She is committed to keeping working with all of us, but may not be as frequent in her coaching videos.
My coach tends to answer my training questions or concern within a few hours.
Can you think of an area of your life you can source a coach online?
- Great Apps Can Be Strong Motivation
In a recent blog post, I talked about how great apps can be reliable assistance in motivating you mentally and physically. How to Diversify Your Finances, Health, and Knowledge Life
What apps have you got on your smartphone to help in your day to day mental and physical health?
- Spouse, Partner or Family
It is excellent if you have a spouse, partner or family member living in the same space as you, but remember with FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, and so many other online video and audio options can work as good.
Remember, everyone has different goals for their physical and mental well-being. Take the support when you can get it, and if you are doing this online, set-up some review time to discuss your psychological and physical activities for the day.
Who have you reached out to help your mental and physical health?
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