Today I’d like to discuss a little bit about the discipline and realities of training when you’re a triathlete. Well, any top athlete for that matter.
One thing I mentioned right out of the gate is that we need to balance an over-packed schedule. Because it doesn’t pay really anything to be a triathlete, you have a couple of options when you’re on the circuit. One of them is be a lawyer, heh. One of my friends is, he actually does his legal research while he’s on his indoor trainer. He can go from full out training to dinner date ready in 15 minutes… Flat.
Almost everyone has a full time job in addition to their training and social life. One person I know is allied with http://ElectricianBellingham.com. Anything that will help to reduce some of the stress. Finding backers can be a great help, but can also be a burden. You don’t want anything to bring into question your amateur ranking. It’s a fine line to walk, but worth it for a lot of people.
So, you have to keep working, and you have to keep training. You can’t stop because it’s suddenly 30° outside, or 115°. You also can’t stop if the wind is gusting 50 and steady at 30, no matter what the temperature. Why? Because those might be the exact conditions during your next meet. So run, bike, swim…just do it. Whether you feel like it or not.
At the same time, you don’t want to over-train. You need to keep a clear mind, and focus. That’s where a social life comes in. So, much like the triathlon itself, you also need to balance work, training and your social life. You can’t make one a priority over any of the other two, or something’s going to go wrong. Ask any trainer, and they’ll tell you.
I don’t mean to make this sound all doom and gloom. You can do this. Hundreds of triathletes, and athletes in other disciplines, do it every day. With lots of success. So, keep up the good work and I’ll have another topic for next time.