When I first started triathlon I remember being overwhelmed with the ramp up in training. I was already working 40-60 hr work weeks and for a second I didn’t think it would be possible. They say you can’t do it all but I really wanted too! I strongly believe that you can find the time do the things you love in life with maybe just a few sacrifices or changes along the way. Here are 5 life adjustments I made to help fit triathlon training in on an already busy schedule.

 

1. Became an early bird. If I can do it, you can do it! I’m the kind of person who sets five alarms, hits snooze every time and is a zombie until I get a coffee. It’s worth it though as I’m way more productive in life when I get my workouts done first thing in the morning. By rolling out of bed and lacing up right away I have less time to think about it and therefore less time to come up with excuses for not getting out the door. It also frees up my evenings for family, socials or just time to relax and unwind.

 

2. Meal planning and prep. I take about 3 hrs each week to make all my lunches and dinners for the week. Being a female plant based athlete, this planning ensures I’m getting all the nutrients, supplements and yes protein I need to keep me energized throughout the week. I also prep for each day the night before by setting out my clothes and packing my gym bag. Prior to these habits I wasn’t eating enough calories, made some unhealthy food choices and had some disastrous mornings where I’d show up to the pool without my bathing suit!

 

3. Hired a coach. A coach works wonders for me as it takes away any researching or scheduling time. Coach has my work schedule, knows how I’m feeling week to week and plans accordingly to help me avoid injury and burnout. He’s a great resource for any questions I have and it’s great having someone to be accountable to. If I have to be at the pool for 5:30am on my own I may just sleep in but if someone else got up that early to wait for me on the pool deck I’m definitely going to show up!

 

4. Run/Bike Commute. I’m fortunate to work somewhere close enough that I can run or bike to. This is particularly handy for brick days as I can bike home, change my shoes and head out for that run before it gets too late. If your commute is too far I know many people do some kind of activity on their lunch hour. Just make sure you have some time to eat and hydrate as well.

 

5. Disconnect. I’m a little bit addicted to social media. While a great way to connect with one another, it’s alarming how much time I spend on my phone. I used to find myself ready for a workout or in my PJ’s getting ready for bed with my phone in hand. Before I knew it, two hours had passed, I’d be late for an engagement, missed my workout or panicking about how few hours of sleep I had left before my alarm clock went off. I’ve gotten much better at avoiding procrastination by keeping my phone off or out of sight, focusing on my workout and getting a good night’s rest.

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