We’re all strapped for time. Work, school, family, and volunteer responsibilities all take a slice of time out of our days. Trying to fit in time to adequately train for an upcoming triathlon can sometimes seem impossible. Missing a workout can also be demoralizing and lead to increased stress.
However, keeping up with your triathlon training can be possible, even with all your other time commitments, as long as you remember the following:
It’s OK to Miss a Workout
If you’re training for an upcoming triathlon race and are religiously following a prescribed training regiment, it can feel devastating to miss a single workout. You might think that your whole training program has to be thrown out the window.
Just stop and take a deep breath. Missing workouts is a fact of life. Things come up, but it’s OK. The more you stress about missing a workout, the harder it will be to come back to the next workout. You might even try to overtrain on the next workout to “make up” for the one you missed. All this will do is over-stress your body and put you in more danger of missing future workouts because of sickness or injury.
You Can Switch Up Your Workouts
Don’t be so rigid that you don’t feel comfortable switching up workouts when the situation calls for it. For example, if you have a cycling workout planned for a specific day but then wake up to a thunderstorm, don’t put your workout above your safety and go ride. Find another workout to do. Get on the bike trainer. Switch tomorrow’s swim workout to today.
By being willing to change your workouts to fit your life, you’ll feel less stress and be able to more easily cope with changes to your schedule that inevitably are bound to come up.
Be Creative in Your Workouts
As a triathlete, you’re lucky in that you have three different sports you can use for potential workouts. More workouts mean less of a chance that you’ll get bored and give up. However, even triathletes can get stagnate in their workouts. Don’t be afraid to switch things up every once in a while in order to keep you mind fresh and your desire strong.
Doing workouts besides your swimming, biking, and running will also help strengthen your body in ways that your sport specific workouts will fail to do, thus helping you become a better triathlete in the long run.