This is a very powerful response and one that I will have to carefully review and take to heart.
Thank you for taking the time to share.
(jkmsg) wrote in message news:<[email protected]
> OK, Stephen...I'll take the plung and give it a shot. First of all, if you are sincere about your
> changes, then I will say that a lot of respect is gained when an individual admits to mistakes and
> decides to make changes for the good. You might be pleasantly surprised just how much attention
> that gains. Congratulations upon choosing a positive outlook toward life (in general).
> As for your training malaise, it's not that uncommon provided that is what it it truely is and not
> a symptom of other problems. If you trained hard or trained for a long time, then burn out is a
> very likely outcome. If that is the case, it seems what you need to is add back the fun part.
> Sometimes that requires a person to step back and re-evaluate what made it fun in the first place.
> When you find those things which adds positive and good feelings about training, then the goals
> that you might wish to achieve can be easily obtained and determined.
> On the otherhand, if your trainings problems are only a symptom of other issues that might effect
> your senses of self-worth or self-esteem, you might consider finding help. That is not admitting
> to be ill, but rather an admition of willingness to change for the better. It's a good thing to
> find help. Self diagnosis can be a very tricky thing (and difficult to do). But rest assured,
> athletic activity is a BIG positive for any type of depression or just general poor
> self-motivation. In simpler terms, physical activity and training is a method by which many people
> take control of their lives.
> Chances are your just in a slump... what triggered that slump can be crucial to determining the
> right direction in which to find a solution. Finding a reason will help... but, finding a solution
> is sometimes simple and sometimes complicated. In either case, the important part is that you
> realize there seems to be a problem and it's reflected in your training habits.
> The simple solution is to put the fun back into training. Or in other words, take the stress out
> of training. The complex solution will require much more investigation. The only thing you could
> do to make the problem worse is stop all athletic activity. That would only add stress to your
> activity. However, it is good to reduce your level of activity or find that activity (even if it's
> not triathlons)that adds fun to your life. Once the incentive is back... the rest will take care
> of itself.
> We are all creators of a social nature... we don't typically just do an athletic event and not
> expect some sort of feed back from others. Without good feedback from friends, relatives or
> family, any activity can seem insignificant. Alienation of ourselves is a sure fire way of
> creating a vacuum that can result in lack of motivation. So, I guess fun means you must include
> others in a positive way. It's called sharing (and, that can be very scarey sometimes). Good Luck
> and Congratulations in your new positive direction.
> FWIW Joe M
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(Dr. Steven Walker) wrote in message
> news:<[email protected]
> > As you may have noticed, I have been on a week long sabbatical to collect my thoughts and
> > retrain my behaviour patterns. I am a changed person and am ready to reenter the multisport
> > community as a productive, contributing member. It is my sincere wish to put the past behind and
> > look forward to the future.
> > I promise not to troll, talk in gibberish, slander others, or misbehave. As a token of good
> > measure, I would like to post a legitimate triathlon question. It is because of this issue that
> > perhaps I acted like such an ****.
> > "How does one get over training malaise?" I haven't felt like training the last few months. My
> > running miles are down, I'm not swimming anymore, and have a general disinterest in training
> > right now.
> > Suggestions appreciated.
> > Sincerely,
> > Steven