I usually have some routines when working out. I like to have a certain water bottle, I like to work out with a HR strap, I like to have my watch charged to full capacity and I like to use the same equipment every time. Sometimes though things doesn't go as you plan them.
Those times are not when I show myself from my best side. Especially when I'm alone I'll have the tendency to make excuses and reduce the amount of strain I get into. These are problems that are mostly superficial, but that mean something to me and can get me to take drastic measures that logically doesn't make sense.
Let's look at yesterday as an example. I got to the gym for a two hour bike ride, but found a woman using my usual bike. I immediately got frustrated. It's the only bike I have used on all of my indoor rides. I know exactly what setting to use in order to get the kind of session I have planned for. A new bike, even from the same brand and model tends to have small differences that can make or break the session.
I probably looked like an angry toddler when I slowly walked over to another bike, sat down and found the first difference. Although it's the same bike the manufacturer has managed to get height adjustment different. I usually set my normal seat height on 22, this time I had to put it on 19 (and it still felt a little bit too high).
Anyway, I started biking, and quickly realized that I had forgotten my HR strap. I am obsessed with training according to my pulse, and when this problem arose I seriously considered just doing weights. I know, I'm weak, but luckily I wasn't yesterday. I kept going and finished the two hour ride on a setting higher than usual. If the setting change makes a difference is impossible to know as long as I used a different bike.
What I learned from yesterday is that as long as you power through the small diversities you'll probably end up being that much more happy when you have completed the task at hand. Remembering this feeling is very important when you need motivation to tackle small problems when you train.