"How does one keep training sustainably alone on bad days when boredom or tiredness sets in".
Its a trick question, isn't it? I have seen you cycling and you are a tough nut. You could control your diet loosing so many kilos in one year and you have improved by leaps and bounds in a short period. So you don't have a problem with motivation in general. Its a trick question.
Your friend is the stop watch. Mentally decide what you want to do (30 X 100m every y mins) and start right away. No one in the pool is your friend. You have things to do. Swimming is always going against the watch.
Again the watch and the meter is your friend. You have your favourite route. Time your rides every time. Time specific long hills too for you to compare next time.
You don't even have to wait for mates. Just start from the car park and do the same route every time.
If you really are tired (from work or lack of sleep), I would skip the swim workout and spend time with the loved ones.
However if after a rest day, you are still tired, then its a problem with motivation.
Trainer / Turbo
TTH I think listens to music.
For the past month I have gone on the trainer 5 mornings a week at 5 a.m. I have watched recordings of IMWA 2007 and 2008 I suppose now a hundred times. I am still far from bored, cos I am going in Dec 09 yeahhh.
- Record your training (oops sounds like someone): the times, distance, conditions and your emotions. You will have fun comparing them even in ten years' time.
- Declare your goals (sounds familiar).
- Register for that dream race.