"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" has been at work, as I'm missing the activity now, and I'm feeling more motivated to get ready for faster and longer races in 2011. I'm flirting with iron distances races and a marathon (both of which I've yet to do) in 2011. But to do that, I need to face my weak mind and convince myself that I can and will do the early mornings and hard work required, and stop being scared of pushing too hard - I'm holding back too much with that concern in place.
In considering all this, I saw a post by Simon Whitfeld congratulating Jordon Rapp for his 4th place in IM Arizona. The name rang a bell for me, as being one of those most unfortunate athletes to get hit by a car while on a bike ride. He got banged up pretty bad, from what I read, and many weren't sure where that would leave him. But 8 months later, he takes 4th in an Ironman.
Not only is that extremely impressive and motivating, it makes me wonder just how much pain and discomfort he was able to work through. All the rehabilitation, plus all the training and maintenance during that - I can only imagine what that must have been like. Yet he drove on and did it.
I'm not sure what motivated him through that, but I'll keep him in mind when I need some motivation myself.