I didn’t have a problem with letting the bike feel lonely, I wanted it to, but in the weeks without training plans, training mates, goals and motivation I was more alone - did I feel lonely?
Perhaps one of the single most important factors for the work we do is motivation. The fire. The desire. That will inside of us. The reason why we get up in the morning and get to work. Athlete or not you need motivation to do your job. Luckily my “after-school-fun-with-friends” turned into my job. My passion for mountain biking, which filled my heart with happiness, became my fulltime job, I’m a lucky bastard, I know. With that said, I think athletes are basically just normal human beings (just basically), who also have days, where the mountains or weights in the gym, are just not calling for us. I try to show this side of pursuing sport too, but I think I anyway do tend to mostly show my oh-so-motivated days. Which there is definitely most of (if not I would find something else to do!), so I’m not lying…
But I did learn a thing or two this off-season about motivation, that I think made me capable of writing something more useful.
Besides the sudden free time it was also the time for me to deal with what my future should hold. What’s best for Malene? Which I, on one hand, find enlightening, meaning I think I learn a lot during this process and I like to sit down and talk with people/sponsors to share ambitions and so on, but on the other hand it’s also very mentally demanding. Like I guess it is in every workplace. It’s kind of a mental game you just gotta deal with. I haven’t seen many athletes talking about these periods of the carrier, but everybody must have them. It’s not easy to be in the unknown - what will the future hold?
So when you ask me “How do you keep the motivation high? How do you stay positive?”
My desire for riding bikes was low in the months following world champs, but what I found out was, that when I just accepted the fact that the fire wasn’t there and it was all right… It came back. Now I can see goals and progress in front of me, and I do love to ride bikes and ride bikes fast. If you feel that way about riding bikes too, then don’t be scared when you feel some negativity, your motivation to dig deep for the sport will come back. We’re just human beings, it’s okay :-)
That was a bit about my motivation curve - but how do you use the motivation you got the best way possible? And how to keep your fitness on some kind of level when you want to train the absolute minimum? Stay tuned for the next story #wintertraining #clothing #planing
Reflect what you desire, become what you respect