I didn’t fall off. It wasn’t an accident. I was pushed.
I was on a roll with my lifting routine. For a good while I had settled into a sufficient training schedule. Then commitments other than triathlon racing started throwing their elbows and before I knew it I was off the exercise wagon.
At first it was just a one day decision to sacrifice the workout to the work load. And then another day, and another. Each was a conscious weighed choice. Before long I found myself slightly adrift, too far off my training plan to just step back on. I even backed out of my first triathlon of the season.
Feeling pretty terribly out of shape right now.
This is not the first time this has happened.
I am so good at falling off the wagon that I’ve gotten really good at getting back on. Sometimes it’s a quick hop, more often it’s a flailing crawl.
This is what I’ve learned about getting back on the exercise wagon.
- Bumps are normal. Who said the road was going to be perfectly smooth? So I fell off, who doesn’t? Don’t waste time sputtering baffled, shocked, and guilty. I get back on, enjoy the ride, and be prepared for the next time I get bucked.
- Have a tether. Even when I’m off the wagon it can’t get too far away from me. Over time I’ve tethered myself to exercise in a way that even when I let go I can’t lose track of it. Bike commuting is one of the lifestyle lines that make me feel safe from total slothdom.
- Renovate the wagon. What do I need to help me hold on right now? Often I need something new. A new race, a new routine, a new skill, a class… Sometimes it’s simply rediscovering what I knew I loved.
- It is not ground zero. As much as it feels like starting all over, it’s not. I might have to walk/jog a mile at a time but at one point I ran more so progress will be faster than if I had never ran before. Plus, maintaining can get boring. The progress that comes with rebuilding can be so much fun.
So right now I am not on my game. I am off the wagon. I’m accepting that right now some priorities are higher than racing. It’s ok – I am not a failure. I will not bloat into oblivion. I am still a reasonably healthy person even if it’s not quite where I prefer to be. I’m crafting new goals and plans for when I’m ready to get back on and rebuild.
Glad to know it is not just me that has this repeating problem! Thanks for normalizing it! 🙂
You’re welcome! We aim for consistency – but I think it’s unrealistic to expect 100% consistency.
Kim, Kudos for writing and sharing *Booted off the Wagon* on your blog. I’m reading and thinking..yes…okay…I can relate so much. Thank you for your insight, practical and positive approach to those bumps/gaps along the training road.
Thanks for reading and your feedback!
Just what I needed to hear… er- read. It was a cold that knocked me off. Hoping I’ll know when I can safely get back on without relapsing.
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I fell off the wagon. 😔
There was a second wagon coming right behind it. 😄
The second wagon ran over me. 😖