Tri Talk Tuesday – The Training-Life Balance

Hello Tuesday! It’s that day of the week again and I’m linked up with Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete for more triathlon chit chat.

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Today we’re talking about that fine line we all walk between our training and racing, and our life. I’m sure that Cynthia and Miranda have more experience in this than I since they both have kids, which I am lacking in this equation.

But the fact remains, even without kids, life gets in the way sometimes. I work full time, often times more than 40 hours per week, I’m recently married to a wonderful man who’s work schedule is in constant flux which means I need to adjust my schedule often if I actually want to see his handsome face, and there’s that owning a home and a crazy dog, and planning our lives stuff too. All that stuff.

I mean, if you go back through a bunch of my weekly training posts, you’ll find not a single one of my weeks went 100% according the plan. I missed a workout here or there, shuffled them around to fit my ever changing schedule, lumped some together in order not to miss them, or changed up the length, intensity, whatever I needed to in order to make them work. Seriously, life happens. After all, many coaches will tell you it’s better to be 90% trained than 10% over trained.

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I really think how you learn to balance your life and your training boils down a lot to personal aspects of your life and how your own world around you functions. For example, having my big A race in the earlier part of the season works out much better for me in terms of balancing life and training. During the school year hubby works nights and I’m in bed before he gets home. I go to bed about a hour or two earlier than nights when he’s home. Getting to sleep that much earlier means I can get up for my morning workouts easily. If I had a late summer or fall A race it would be much harder for me to get all my training in since hubs has shortened work schedule and is home before I go to bed. We stay up later together than I would have had I been home alone and therefore getting up at 5am is much harder. If I was still teaching and had summers off then this wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m not and I don’t so I have to plan accordingly to get all my workouts in during the summer months when I’m getting to bed later.

And remember, no one is a super man, super women, super anyone. Pinterest and all of it’s pretty links to lists and life hacks, and blogs about moms who put on the facade that yes, they do indeed do it all, well and smiling, is enough to make anyone feel inadequate. But life happens. Even just balancing life itself is tough sometimes. Then you throw in enough training hours to equal a part time job except no one’s paying you, and it’s enough to make your head spin.

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But don’t let your head spin. Triathlon is supposed to be fun. And when it stops being fun, you have some serious reevaluating to do. Tri training is my zen, my me time, my head space of peace and calm and quiet.

How do you balance everything?
Is training your time for you? What does it mean for you?

Next week’s theme is the TAPER! Let the madness begin and let’s talk about the idea, the benefit, and all the crazy that comes along with it.


14 Thoughts on “Tri Talk Tuesday – The Training-Life Balance

  1. Agree 100% that is hard to balance everything. I have a tough time figuring out how to lead a life outside of training most weeks. My husband makes it possible for me to have the training schedule I do. He is supportive of me, even when I don’t see him almost all day on Saturday because I’m off training. He is usually around to take care of our three dogs so I don’t have to worry about them. We miss out on some quality “us time” when I’m off training, but he wants to see me succeed as much as I do. I am pretty lucky that he only works every third day so we get most evenings together.

    Training is me time sometimes and time with friends other times. I do all my weekday workouts solo so I can escape. I can clear my mind and focus on me during those workouts. On the weekends, I workout with my team/friends. Our training runs normally turn into a half day thing: meet up in the morning, workout for a few hours, and then have lunch together. I still get to escape from life for those few hours, but I get to hang out with my friends at the same time.
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 am said:

      Having a supportive husband makes such a huge difference! Mine also is patient with me and picks up some of my slack when training takes over.

  2. It’s so hard to balance everything, that’s for sure. I think having a supportive partner, family and friends helps a lot. It was nice not having to worry about my son when I was out on my long runs on the weekends! My training time is for me, while I will occasionally workout with others, I prefer to do most of my workouts alone, I get in my zone and just go. However, long runs, I’d much rather do with someone else, it helps to talk and the time goes by faster!
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 11, 2014 at 11:43 am said:

      Long runs are definitely more enjoyable with someone to run with. And yes to having a support system. It really does make all the difference.

  3. I love the 90% trained vs. 10% overtrained idea– it can be hard to remember that when you’re in the thick of a training cycle and wake up an hour later than you wanted, or have too much fun to get to bed early. I am so lucky to be a nurse (3 day work weeks!) so I can alternate my training between weekdays and weekends so I am not always missing out on the fun. Working a weird schedule also gives me the flexibility to make one weekend day a rest day, which my boyfriend and friends appreciate and helps me keep some semblance of balance. Thanks for bringing up a great topic!
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 11, 2014 at 11:45 am said:

      Your rotating schedule sounds awesome for fitting in training and life! Flexibility is a beautiful thing.

  4. I can totally relate to your life! While I don’t have children, I have a husband that I love very much and we both work full time 40+ hours a week. It can be really hard to juggle the balance of training, working and spending time with him and our dog! Part of my likes having a crazy busy schedule, but there are times where I wish things could slow down just a little bit. I also wish we could get paid for our training, since it DOES feel like a part time job. If only it could be my full time, paid job! It’s funny, I am trying to think of ways I balance this crazy life I lead.. but honestly, I owe a lot of that to my husband. He is my rock and holds the house together (literally and figuratively) while I train.
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 11, 2014 at 11:46 am said:

      Yes, I agree! I would love to get paid to train, haha. My husband is a huge help and a lot of the reason I can train and get things done. Having a supportive husband is such a wonderful thing.

  5. Ahhhh you and Miranda said the same thing – it’s supposed to be FUN!
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  6. Ahhh…the ever elusive balance! Just when you feel like you’re balancing it all one side of the scale tips. It’s a challenge but in the end we somehow manage to do it all…or very close!
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 11, 2014 at 11:54 am said:

      It’s definitely an ever evolving act, that’s for sure!

  7. You can have it all….just not all at once, right?! Balance is a constantly changing thing – even the things that are on the scale change on a daily basis. Some things (like cleaning, lol) just don’t even make the cut. But you just adapt and overcome. Training is my ME time as well, so it’s something I look forward to as a treat. Thanks for hosting the linkup!
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    • Courtney@ The TriGirl Chronicles on June 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm said:

      Oh man, cleaning NEVER makes the cut on my list. As is evident by the dog fur tumbleweeds hiding around my house right now. Oops.

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