Being a triathlete is hard work. Not only do you have to worry about racing, but you have to carve out lots of time to train in not one, not two, but three different sports. While training times can be cut back at certain times, there are other times during the season when training is actually ramped up and more time is spent at the pool or out pounding the pavement.
And while training can be a significant amount of time for any triathlete training to do a sprint or Olympic distance triathlon, that time can increase dramatically when training for the longer races, such as a half-Ironman or full-Ironman.
Juggling training with other commitments such as family, work, church, or community activities is hard enough when only done by one parent in the household. This becomes even more tricky when both spouses are training for triathlons. In order to stay sane while getting the best training you can, here are six tips for managing a two-triathlete household:
1. The relationship comes before the training
First things first. Don’t let training get in the way of your relationship with your spouse. There are a lot of things in this world more important than your triathlon training and no amount of training will make up for a spoiled relationship.
2. Partners don’t have to do everything together
It can be fun for a triathlete to have a fellow triathlete as a spouse or partner, but this doesn’t mean that both people need to do all their training together. You are most likely going to be at a different level physically than your spouse since everyone is different. There’s no need to feel guilty for wanting to train at your own pace.
3. Taking turns is still applicable
Remember when you learned in kindergarten that you should share and take turns with the other kids going down the slide? The same holds true for two-triathlete households. You will have to take turns training and cooking, training and taking care of the kids, and training and racing. But that’s OK, because things run a lot more smoothly when you take turns.