Funk does not equal flunk

Saw a Twitter entry from my friend Bryant Young. He has been training hard over the winter in preparation for the upcoming season. He has some lofty goals and has been working hard to meet them. Like me, he is a busy man – actually busier! Trying to stay on the bike and still perform in all the other areas of our lives can be a challenge.

Anyone out there ever fell into the “funk” relating to getting ready for a new season? I would be interested in knowing how you handle it?

Well, Bryant, I was hoping you could tell me! It seems like as soon as the 2010 race calendar landed on my desk I started to feel the funk. Ironically, it is that feeling that the season will never get here that seems to cause the lethargy — even though it is as close as it has ever been.

Of course, Bryant (like myself) has recently battled a sickness. I think that always has the potential to mess with your mind as I mentioned earlier this week. I think part of starting to get out of the funk in our cases is working to get back as healthy as possible. It is amazing what the feeling of strength can do to help you back to a positive attitude. You just have to recall to mind how you know you can feel and focus on that positive expectation.

How do I plan to battle the funk? Other than working to get back to full health, I plan to focus on today. For me the funk comes because I am thinking too much about the future. I start wondering how I’m going to make it all happen! In a moment’s thought the entire rest of my training season and the race schedule piles on my head. Of course, that all happens in the context of all the other facets of my life. It can be overwhelming!

I am told over and over — “Trust in the plan.” Bryant and I share the same coach and he keeps reminding me that his job is to worry about the schedule and making sure I’m where I need to be. Let him do his job and I just need to find the time TODAY to follow the plan. When I get on the bike TODAY, I need to do it with the joy that I know it can bring. I’ll do what I need to do tomorrow when it gets here.

Before I know it, the season will be here and I’ll be exactly where Jim said I would be. If I’m there, then I know it is going to be a great year! Remind yourself, Bryant, that all this will be worth it then.

Beat the funk?  Don’t worry about tomorrow. Focus on today – there is enough to think about right now!

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Good luck, Bryant!