Buck­ets of In­ter­nal Drive

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

In the ab­sence of an ob­jec­tive set of eyes to pro­pel ath­letes along the road to fit­ness, in­trin­sic mo­ti­va­tion sim­ply must be present in those opt­ing to go it alone.

“If the train is only half full of coal it’s not go­ing to run at full steam,” one of my old train­ing part­ners used to say. Mad­sen agrees.

“In­ter­nal drive is pos­si­bly the most im­por­tant fac­tor of all, be­cause, with­out a strong per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion, be­ing self-coached sim­ply isn’t pos­si­ble. Triathlon is a sport that de­mands many hours of train­ing, per­se­ver­ance and tweak­ing. No mat­ter if you’re coached or self-coached, you need that in­ter­nal mo­ti­va­tion to wake you up in the early morn­ing and keep you go­ing for those af­ter work ses­sions when you’re feel­ing beat be­fore you even start.”

The first ques­tion one needs to ask when con­sid­er­ing the idea of coach­ing your­self, ac­cord­ing to Mad­sen, is do you have enough on­go­ing in­ter­nal drive.

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