The Top 3 (De)motivational Tactics: A Guide to the Little Things We Do to TRY to Get Ourselves to Work Out

(…That Don’t Always Work Out)

1. The “If I put on my workout clothes I’ll have to workout”

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It’s as if the change of clothes will change your mind too. I guess it works out sometimes, but when it doesn’t, it can get weird. You can walk around your house in your sneakers and t-shirt (maybe your YoungTri shirt?) all you want, but you just aren’t feeling it. Then when you finally accept it, and change back out of the workout clothes, it’s a feeling of disappointment.

I’ve gone full days without running but in my running clothes. It’s almost like my workout becomes walking around my house or laying or my bed, or more than likely, getting a snack. It may not be a workout, but at least you tried!

2. The “In five minutes” routine

It’s 3:55. Why bother getting up until 4 o’clock? But then you’re sitting down for a little too long and 3:55 turns into 4:02. Now you might as well wait until 4:10. Oh, it’s 4:11? I guess 4:15 it is.

This is a pretty common motivation/procrastination tool. Before you know it, that 3:55 turns into a 4:41 and you don’t really have time for that bike ride anymore.


Hey, at least you tried.

3. The “I’m just waiting for my food to digest”

This one is somewhat reasonable. Who wants to run on a full stomach? Not me. It’s best to wait until that full stomach is more like a half stomach. Just don’t wait until you have an empty stomach.

See, the full and empty thing worked, but the half one seemed off. Weird, huh? Anyway, I usually end up not working out when this is my “motivational”.

Good luck getting off the couch,


TJ’s Tri Talk: Get on Track in 2014

It’s about 1 o’clock and I still haven’t worked out yet… the time of day when it could either turn into an unexpected off day or into a regular workout day. A day when one little snack could push me over the edge into an off day.

Especially now, around the holidays and away from a set schedule, it can be tough to motivate myself to workout. However — with that new year coming around — and all of the resolutions that come with it — I think it’s a good time to get back on track with my workouts. Yeah, it’s a little cliché to “start over” on New Year’s Day, but who cares? I’m gonna really go for it.

I even think I’m gonna start a little early to work off some of those holiday desserts.

All Ready for 2014.

All Ready for 2014.

What about you? Do you have a plan for your workouts in 2014? Tell us more about your New Years triathlon resolutions!



High Fives: A Guide For Spectators and Racers

High fives are a big part of triathlons. Some people love to give them — and others view them as a distraction. As a veteran Iron-spectator, I have become an expert on the art of the “High five” (Not to brag, but I even high fived Craig Alexander as he was running towards his victory at the 2008 Kona Ironman Championship).

The most important part about high fiving athletes during the race is knowing which ones want it and which ones will get annoyed. The athletes that are smiling usually will chuck you a high-five, and the ones that are staring at their feet or sprinting past you will usually ignore you. It’s not your fault that they ignored you — because they were just in the zone.


Guide to high fives: the run is the safest option

The best part of the race to find people that are willing to high five is the beginning and the ending of the run. The racers are understandably happiest at the end of the race and will demonstrate this through their high fives to the crowd.

I have had the least luck during the middle of the run in longer races. It is also a bad idea to high-five racers on the bike because they might fall or something bad could happen. And if you can get a high five during the swim that would be cool but I don’t know how you could pull that off…


High fivin’ it up in Lake Placid

The same rules apply to athletes. Try to avoid high fives on the bike and anytime on the run when these friendly gestures would distract you. It is vital to remember that going out of your way (even a step) can slow you down. If you high five fifty people, then that is fifty steps out of your way!

A bonus is to high five spectators and cheer them on. They are probably having a rough day (being an Iron spectator can be brutal and they could use a high five). I like to spice things up and give fun high fives or “Awkward High fives”. We did this last year for a few hours in Lake Placid during Ironman (and even made a sign).



our “awkward high five” signs

Remember to have fun with it… and keep on high-fiving.

Stay classy out there,
TJ Begg