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Coach Maria's Monday Minute: What's Your Next Adventure?

Updated: Apr 21, 2022

Welcome to Coach Maria’s Monday Minute. I wonder why it is that humans choose to challenge themselves. Google, as usual, was a font of information. The explanation that stuck with me was that humans want to gain more experience and have more fun.

That also describes 2020 fairly accurately. In-person races and extensive travel around the world weren’t happening.So, what’s the next best thing? Virtual challenges! Athletes can be a special kind of crazy in what they determine to be “new experiences” and “more fun.”

But here are a few other reasons why humans crave these experiences and fun:

  1. We dread being stuck in a routine. It’s boring!!

  2. A routine can cause us to do the same old thing over and over - we’re stuck in a rut!

  3. The possibilities are endless if we’re willing to try something new - we could be rewarded with even more new opportunities.

September is here! What are you waiting for? What new experiences and fun are you craving that you can do with what’s left of this crazy year? Tell me about your next adventure in the comments!


Maria Netherland is a Northwest Florida-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Endurance and Youth & Juniors Certified Coach as well as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Performance Enhancement Specialist. Coach Maria loves working for athletes of all abilities, military athletes, and new triathletes as they pursue their goals. Maria is a veteran of the US Army and a United States Military Academy at West Point graduate. She can be reached at


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