Life is busy. We live in an age when modern technology has been designed to free up our time, but it only seems to have rushed the pace of life. There’s never enough time to work, take the kids to school or sport, catch up with family and friends, or do chores around the house. So, how can anyone possibly find time to train for a triathlon?
Here are 10 ways to ensure you have the time to train for a triathlon:
- Planning – there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and 365 days in a year. With the right planning anyone should be able to find 30 minutes a day for themselves to exercise. If not, look at what you’re doing and how you can change things around.
- Make it count – have a goal for the session and make it count. Don’t waste time, do what you need to and get it done.
- Routine – develop a sustainable routine for training. Make it part of your day, like brushing your teeth. Once training becomes a routine it is so much easier to maintain.
- Ride or run instead of drive – do you drive to work? Maybe riding or running to work is an option instead. I know athletes who drive 8-10kms to work and it takes them over 30 minutes. Why not ride or run there in less time?
- Get a training buddy – you’ve got your routine sorted but it may include early morning sessions to juggle family and work. On cold, dark winter mornings those sessions can be tough. This is where a training buddy comes in handy. Arrange to meet them and lock in that commitment to turn up.
- Action equals motivation – motivation is a limited behaviour and does not last. A good routine does, however there are some days that it all seems too hard. Make yourself a promise to start the session and you’ll find that once you start the motivation will come.
- Train for a triathlon with the family – running prams, kids on bikes, partners running/riding with you, and family trips to the pool are all ways you can incorporate your loved ones into your training routine.
- Watch a little less TV and social media – we only need 30 minutes of training a day to make it count. If you can get more then great. I would argue most people could find one hour a day for training if they had too. It’s amazing how much time we spend watching TV and being on social media.
- Plan your meals – save time cooking during the week by preparing all meals on one day, say a Sunday. Another option is to investigate using a healthy meal delivery company.
- Don’t give up – even the best routines and the most disciplined people will want to give up sometimes. Remember why you started this journey and how much better you feel for training and racing. Imagine if someone said to you that you could never swim, ride or run again. Use your God-given gifts and never forget how lucky we are. With that attitude you’ll always find time.