Strategies and Hacks for the Time-crunched Triathlete | EP#10
Finding time to train is hard when you have a job, a family, and other responsibilities.
But with the right strategy and smart hacks you can find yourself some extra time and make the most of the time you have. If you are a time-crunched triathlete, you need to listen to this episode.
In this Episode you'll learn about:
- The big picture strategy you have to take when trying to fit in your training.
- The single most important goal that determines how you'll manage your time and training.
- The mistakes most time-crunched triathletes make.
- 8 high-leverage time-management hacks to start using today.
Big picture strategy
- How much training can you realistically do?
- You should not fit your life into your training, instead fit your training into your life.
- Consistency is more valuable than having huge spikes in training during certain weeks.
- Find something that you can consistently do week in and week out even if it means reduced training for you per week.
- The amount of training you can absorb depends on your level of stress.
- If you are really stressed out, that will eventually catch up with you.
- Make the most out of your time.
- Poor scheduling will affect the correct execution of your training.
- Practice does not make perfect but PERFECT practice makes perfect.
- You may get the hours in but the execution may not be correct.
- Focus on doing high quality training.
- Over scheduling will result in increased stress and lack of sleep which also leads to poor nutrition.
Hack #1 – Schedule your training
- What gets scheduled, gets done.
- Pinpoint the time slots in your calendar for your training, like you would with important appointments.
- For example, on a Sunday night, take 5 minutes to sit down with your calendar and map out for the entire week what training sessions you will do in a specific time slot.
Hack #2 – Periodize effectively
- You don’t need to train for an insane amount of hours.
- Don’t be afraid to train low volume at certain times, it will benefit you in the long run.
Hack #3 – Embrace indoor training
- Indoor training could save you time because there's no need to clean your bike and getting dressed as when you ride outside.
- An hour of indoor biking is roughly equivalent to an hour and a half of outdoor biking.
- Indoor training allows you to do more effective training workouts in general.
Hack #4 – Use your commute
- If you can, find a way to bike or run to work.
- Get a running backpack and run to work or find a track near you and warm up there before continuing to work.
- Get creative with your bike and run training.
Hack #5 – Get a coach
- Getting a coach is one of the best investment that you can get.
- It helps you get more time to train rather than just spend time planning your training.
- A coach is more objective than yourself and this helps you get better training.
Hack #6 – Batch cook your food
- Most of us spend 45 minutes a day cooking food so batch cooking will help you save some time.
- You can try cooking your meals for the week on a Sunday night so you can keep eating healthy meals despite your busy schedule.
- Do not eat ready-made food that's highly processed just to save time.
Hack #7 – Something is better than nothing
- If you have a session scheduled and can't get it all done, get at least something done, even if it's just 10 minutes.
- Every little training you do will help you overall.
Links and resources
- Send feedback to host Mikael by email
- Connect and hit me up on Twitter - my handle is @SciTriat
- Cheat sheet: 7 Effective Triathlon Workouts you can do in a time crunch
- TriRadar article: 7 Effective Time Management Hacks for the Winter Training Period