One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do you do it?” or “How do you fit it all it?” I find these very interesting questions because the answer is generally “I don’t know, I just do!” In reality the answer is far more complicated.
In life we all make decisions about the priorities in our life. To say I don’t have time to train or eat healthy or get fit, is absolute rubbish. I have made a decision and a priority to ensure I have an outlet, a stress relief of some physical activity almost every day! This commitment is a lot harder to stick with than is seems, juggling our family of 3 kids, their extra curricular activities, my work and my (super amazing supportive) wife’s busy schedule. However we do it! We do it by sitting down regularly and assessing our schedules, mapping our time and identifying my opportunities to train around all the family commitments. For example, currently I swim when my kids are swimming, I run when my they dancing, I cycling early in the morning before anyone is awake and out of bed and I have involved my family in my Saturday morning parkrun ritual. So straight up there is 4 to 6 session I have confirmed each week, from here its a matter of navigating my other commitments to generate and seize any opportunity that presents itself!
So from a social media point of view it may appear that I am always training, but rest assured my life is a massive juggling act, working very hard with my amazing family to ensure we all can acheive big things with every given opportunity!
My time is limited and precious, as no doubt is everyone’s, but ensuring that every session I complete is targeted, has a goal and as often as I can I tick’s that goal off, I am giving myself every chance of success. I try to be as prepared and flexible as I can, I try to remain fluid with my training, so that its impact on my family is minimal and manageable! I do this by laying out my training clothes the night before, by packing my running and swimming gear in my car most days. Like a good boy scout, be prepared is my motto. Prepared for anything, prepared in advance.
My goals and expectations are realistically set. I don’t set myself a goal of doing a sub 9 hour Ironman (although this would be nice) it’s not practical on the hours I have and am prepared to dedicate to my pursuit. However that doesn’t mean I am not challenging myself to go faster, further, constantly improving in my favorite triathlon distance, Ironman! I have tried to develop a lifestyle that provides me opportunity to be disciplined and consistent. These are the key attributes I believe all endurance athletes possess and need to be successful.
The balance between running, cycling, swimming and strength training is a constant battle, one that I feel is where I can continue to make small improvements each and every Ironman I do. A change to my volume and balance between these disciplines & training methods is my key to constant improvement. The old saying “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”! Micro changes can have massive impacts if implemented in the right way and executed with precise discipline! Always looking at what you are doing and ways of improving it with a view of moving toward and improving your end goal/result!
Stay tuned cause my New Zealand race preview is coming.
If you’re not active at the moment & need some inspiration, follow me on Strava, Instagram and like my facebook page and let’s get back out there swim, bike or running. The biggest regret we can have in life is to not TRI!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!