This of course got me thinking about triathlon. For most people, it is a hobby. Like fishing, an expensive, time consuming, hobby. But what really struck me is that so many times training for the hobby seems to become a chore for many people. They 'have' to get out for the bike ride or come up with many excuses (spoken or not) throughout their day to avoid actually doing a workout. If this is your chosen hobby, which you started for whatever reason, you should LOVE it! If there is no passion involved, then why do it?
I think the main reason I have had success in triathlon is that I truly love the sport. I love the daily training grind. I love training on my own, with groups, with fast people or slow people - there is a time and place for it all. I love the feeling after a workout so hard you never though you'd finish. What I love most is showing up on race day to challenge my body and mind and see what I can do. I love enjoying race day with everyone there and commiserating afterwards.
If you find yourself in a rut with training and are feeling like it is more like a 'to-do' item rather than what you are doing for fun then something has gone wrong in your thought process. You need to reset and remember why you chose this hobby to fill your free time! What do you enjoy? What makes it stressful or ruins it as a hobby? Why are you not making time to do it?
There are many ways to get fast at triathlon if that is your goal, but I can tell you not enjoying it and being too strict is not going to pay off in the long run. Get out and train hard if that suits you. If this is a hobby you truly love, like fishing, you will make time for it.