I'm no social scientist. So if you want to read about Maslow's hierarchy of needs try Wikipedia. But there was an interesting reference to it in a book I am reading for work. I'll spare the back reference (but the book is called "Beyond Engagement" - Brady G. Wilson, if you are interested...)... but it quotes someone who ran the Boston Marathon as saying;
"After I ran the Boston Marathon, I had no motivation whatsoever. My diet and my training schedule went to pot. I need to set another goal for myself before I fall apart."
....And I do kinda remember that feeling after the London meet in July. I have continued training, but I know for sure that it's a slightly different feeling than training towards prep for a meet. Which is OK. I think actually that may be one of the things that makes Powerlifting the sport for me. There is ALWAYS a goal. Because it's not a specific event at which you measure your progress.... well, of course it IS, if you go to a meet, but also... it's not. Every few months you cycle through the program and BOOM! PR baby!
I found my magic. My girlfriends is yoga. I can imagine that it might be much the same.
My goal tomorrow: Just one squat at a time. Just one more. My goal for January - test and new PRs for all 3 (Squat, Benchpress and Deadlift). And then we'll set them again, AND schedule a meet!
I know it's called a "Meet" because people... well, they MEET. But I am going to think of it as just the place you meet your goals.
I am not a runner. But I do walk on the tread mill for some cardio and to warm up. It was truly just walking for a long time, but in the last year or so I tried to put in little jogs now and then. It was never a target to run. Nevertheless, my 1/2 hour on the treadmill is now around 1.5 mins of running for every 2 mins of walking: hitting a new distance record (30 mins is all I can take) tonight.
I just gradually added more time on the run. At first, just over 20 seconds was all I could do, and then needed a 3 minute rest.
So; it's certainly not going to make me a marathoner, but I have a rhythm that I can maintain, and that feels good.