We make plans every day, whether it’s grabbing a coffee with a friend, or a financial plan with your advisor. You should have a plan for your TTF race as well, giving you something to focus on as you look to achieve your individual goals.

The Best Laid Plans

Just for a second, sit back and consider how many different types of plans go into your day. You probably have a plan to wake up at the same time every morning, a plan for which train to be on, a plan for which route to walk to your office, and a plan for how to get your coffee as quickly as possible. You’ll have a To Do list (which is a plan), meetings in your calendar (also plans), and maybe dinner plans with friends.

Having a plan is also one of the most important facets of triathlon, and you should always be striving to reach your ideal training, race and recovery goals. You can map this out yourself, or you can work with an experienced coach who has seen the ups and downs that triathlon brings.

It’s also important to acknowledge that plans very rarely go how they’re supposed to; like when your train is delayed and you’re 30 minutes late to work. Having a Plan A is important, but plans B, C and D are – dare I say it – more important. What do you do when your wetsuit zipper breaks at the start line? What if you miss an important feed station? What if your properly worn-in sneakers give you blisters? Sometimes, being counterintuitive is what’s best, like coming to a dead stop to remove a pebble from your shoe so that you don’t spend hours bruising your foot.

As a triathlete, you will become a professional problem solver and you’ll get used to troubleshooting on the fly. While it’s enticing to go out and have the perfect training session, make sure you’re working on your Plan C in unison.

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