Injury, age, health concerns, over-training and lack of motivation are instigators of declining physical performance. For pro athletes to regular gym-goers, few things are more frustrating, maddening and depressing than knowing their potential and failing to reach it.
The past 18 months have been a struggle for me. Between business, personal issues, COVID shut downs, and a growing son, my training has been less than desirable.
As a result, training has been HARD. I’ve quit mid workout, stormed out, made excuses not to train more than I care to admit. After each time I walk away thinking the same thing:
I suck. Now what?
How do you get through the training and the lack-luster-performance blues? Mental rehabilitation is sometimes harder than physical.
Losing your ability as an athlete/weekend warrior is tough; losing your athletic community is tougher. Finding a replacement to the dopamine high you got from your sport is critical to keeping your head in the game.
Feeling good outside your sport is a stepping stone to recovery. Try a new activity, exercise with no expectations, focus on what you can control, talk with friends, volunteer. Most importantly, reassess your goals. Take a step back, turn off your watch and leave it at home. When and if you decide to return to your sport/training, reintegrate slowly and cautiously.
As athletes/gym-goers, we are constantly striving to grow and better ourselves. Sometimes sucking is just another stepping stone in our journey.
Inspiration provided by Joanne Cogle at theaggressivelyaverageathlete.com.