I’m headed home! It’s been a very productive trip, with lots of great improvements made, but after having spent the last 3 months in Europe, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to being back in Vancouver. And for the first time since January, I’m going to be home for longer than 4 days!
It’s interesting though. Usually, by the end of a long period away from home of training and racing, I’m pretty burned out and am looking forward to having some time off, away from training to rest and recover. This time though, my motivation is super high. All I want to do is to get back to training as soon as possible. I land in Vancouver Monday night, and, if I could, I would be back out in the boat the next day. (I can’t because I haven’t got all the parts I need for my boat in Vancouver yet, but getting that all together is top priority) Nonetheless, I will still be getting back into fitness training in the gym and on the bike right away.
I think that my increased motivation to train can be attributed to a powerful balance of positive reinforcement and frustration. I have gotten enough positive reinforcement from seeing my results, and my sailing slowly, but surely improving over time to know that I am doing the right things in training, but not enough to get comfortable. On the other end, over these last few regattas, there has been a lot of frustration. This stems from the fact that I am now able to create a lot of potential in races, but I’m not able to finish it off to get the results that I want. I’m getting close to that point, but I’m not there yet. The frustration gives me the energy, the desire and the drive and the positive reinforcement gives me the confidence that I am doing the right things. I really think that these two components together will result in some great improvements over the coming months.
Thanks for reading,