Creating Structure When There Is None

I’m in a very awkward stage in my training lift right now. I have no structured training and workouts, because I’m in my “off season” training and won’t resume normal training until January. While some people might enjoy this opportunity to slack off on workouts, sleep in, or just enjoy the lack of structure, I struggle. I LOVE structure, which is why I enjoy training so much! I love to see my weekly plan all laid out for me. I love doing the same activities on the same days (ie, run on Tues, Thurs, Sat). Along with that, I love knowing what day of the week it is based on what activity I did that morning! I love planning my week around my workouts. I love structure. :)

Now that I’m in the off season, I have no structure, but I’m doing my best to work on creating structure when there is none. My coach (husband), has advised me against this; he told me to just do whatever activities I want, as intense as I want, as often as I want. This just doesn’t work for me though. It’s too much for my brain to just wake up in the morning and figure out what I want to do that day. For me, it’s more relaxing to have planned specific sports to do each day.

To keep myself from getting too stuck on a plan and “burnt out”, I’m allowing myself to go whatever distance/pace I feel like, and I’m being flexible with my workouts if things come up. For example, my in-laws are visiting us this week, and they arrive Thursday night. Typically I bike Friday mornings, but my bike and trainer make a bit of noise, (especially since they’re now in our bedroom!) so I’m going to flip my bike to Thursday, and run on Friday this week.

Did you notice we have a TV in our bedroom now too?

Did you notice we have a TV in our bedroom now too?

What do you guys think about adding structure to your workouts when you’re not specifically training for something? It seems like I’m always training for SOMETHING, so it’s really hard for me right now while I don’t really have anything to train for.

How do you motivate yourself to train when you don’t have structured workouts?

How do you feel about having a tv in your bedroom? :)

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