I'm starting to think that I am more goal oriented than I thought I was. It seems without some goal for some event my motivation is lacking. Sure I love to ride and have fun, but without a goal of some event, that doesn't seem to be enough to get me out of bed at 4:00 AM.
I have a goal to ride the RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2013 Gran Fondo Pinarello in September and I am stoked that my dad is training to do it with me, but at 17 miles I don't have a need to really do a lot of training to get ready for it.
I'm also looking to the Bike MS: Vegas Challenge 2013 on November 9 & 10 of this year. I would do the 30 mile ride on each of the 2 days. This will take some training and will be tough, but its far enough away that I don't feel the urgency to help motivate me at the moment.
So, I have been looking around and realized that the Pumpkinman Sprint Triathlon will be happening in October and that is something I can work towards. Since I haven't done any swimming and very little (OK none) running since I last did this in 2010 (read about it here) I have a bunch of work to do if I am going to do this and beat my 3:30 time from then. While this is certainly motivation to get out there and do the work, I'm still not totally committed to doing this event.
So I am going to continue to weigh the pros and cons for doing the Pumpkinman and see how that would mesh with preparation for the Bike MS event and decide over the next week or so whether or not to commit to it. If I do, I will have to adapt the C25K to may 16 weeks to the event to work on my run, I will need to start scheduling time to get in the pool and get my swimming back up to an OK level, and I'll need to work on climbing on my bike in order to conquer the climb up to Boulder City.
Even if I don't I need to get back on my bike and get fit. Its as simple as that.