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Finding Balance Between Training, Work, And Family

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As you go about your triathlon training program, one thing that you must always be keeping in the back of your mind is balance.  It’s very easy to let your training completely overtake your life, becoming your only focus.

But, if you do that, you are very likely to experience a huge let-down after the race is completed as you’ll get this empty feeling and as though you have nothing to focus on.

By creating better balance, you’ll maintain all other aspects of your life, which will not only make your training more enjoyable itself, but will also help to ensure that after the race is completed, you feel happy, content, and ready to embark on whatever training goal you set next.

Let’s look at some quick points to remember as you strive for balance.

Schedule Training Before Work When Possible

The very first tip to help you sustain better balance in your life is to try, whenever possible, to schedule some of your training before you go off to work.  While it can be challenging at times to drag yourself out of bed to go exercise, this will free up more of your evenings to spend time with your family, creating the balance you need.

When you’re everyday lifestyle starts to consist of wake up, go to work, go train, come home for a late night dinner, and then crash, you’ll feel you’re stuck in a major rut very quickly.

Having free evenings at least a few nights a week will bring back more joy to your week and help you stay focused.

Make Family Time, Active Time

The second thing that you can do in your quest to maintain good balance is to start making family time, active time. If you have an easy cycling session scheduled for instance, consider taking your kids or significant other with you.

This will allow you to bond as a family while still allowing you to get some activity in.  There’s no question that you will have to devote a lot of time to your training if you hope to succeed and at times, it may get challenging to find space for your family.

Likewise, if you have work to catch up on and an easy cycle session, consider reading whatever you have to read while you cycle.  At this point you aren’t focused on intensity anyway, so it shouldn’t detract from your training performance.

By combining two tasks at once, you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

Know When To Say No

Finally, the last thing that you need to note if you want to sustain good balance in your program is how to say no.

There is going to come a time when you just simply cannot take on any further obligations.  Maybe it’s an extra project your boss wants you to take on or the after-school committee wants you to help run a fundraiser.

Assess your schedule realistically at all times.  Remember, spreading yourself too thin will just take away from effort in all elements of your life, making you that much less productive.

Learn how to prioritize and say no when needed.  It really can be the best thing you’ll ever do for yourself while training for a triathlon.

So there you have a few quick tips to help you sustain better balance in your life as you move through your training program. Let your boss, co-workers, and family know about your training plans ahead of time as well so they are prepared for you to be a little busier than usual.