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Stealing Time

This article appeared originally in the weekly newsletter for the corporate tri team I coach. They are a group of absolute beginner triathletes training to complete their first race at the inaugural Twin Cities Triathlon this July on Harriet Island.

There are many challenges to completing a triathlon. Not the least of which is finding time to train. Most people overestimate the amount of time needed to exercise to get and stay in shape. Thirty to forty-five minutes of exercise a few days a week are all that is required to complete a sprint tri. Use some of the following methods to steal back time from your schedule.

Morning Sessions
Take five minutes before going to bed to lay out your running clothes. When you wake up, get dressed immediately and hit the road for a quick jog instead of lumbering around the house with your cup of coffee. You’ll have more energy throughout the day and the relief of knowing you already logged your miles.

Bring the Fam
Can’t find time for an open water swim? Bring the fam to the beach with you. They get out of the house and you have your own safety spotter for the shore.

Skip One Show
Did you see The Voice last week? I didn’t. I was out for a quick ride around the block. Giving up two TV shows per week buys you fifty hours of cardio per year. Or, put another way, 6 to 10 pounds of fat – every single year.

Make it Social
The next time a friend invite you out for a drink, propose a workout social event instead. Your post-exercise beverage will taste that much better.

Track It
There are dozens of apps for your smart phone that allow you to track your time. Use that data to find out where you are spending time inefficiently.

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One Response to Stealing Time

  1. Anna says:

    Laura. I believe that setintg goals for race results is a pretty bogus idea. They might possibly be reserved for super special races like the Bolder Boulder, or Kona. If you haven’t raced a race before you can’t realistically set a goal for a race. Even something like I want to swim under XXX minutes is totally a bogus goal. We talked today about some courses being short or long. So to me, results-oriented is setintg a race goal time, or expectation. Being goal-oriented is saying I want to get strong at climbing hills on the bike this year . Goals are okay if they help you or give you some direction, but I tend to think people get a little over technical with them. A better goal is to put the work in that you know needs to be done. Look for progress along the way in your training, reward yourself mentally for that progress. Have the right frame of mind to step on the starting line and give it your all. Race smart, execute a strong, sound race plan that doesn’t make you blow up or throw up, and everything else should come out in the wash. If you do those things your subliminal goals should be met. right??Does that help?