When we sign up to race there needs to be
small large print that says something along the lines of ‘Do you realise how long it is going to take to train for this race?’ and ‘Do you realise the impact it will have on you and those around you?’
Training of any sort takes dedication. You program your training into your day, but at times it feels that you need 25 hours rather than 24 you’re given. You plan that long run or that long bike, but life gets in the way and you have to cut it short. What do you do? Do you go out for 60 min instead of the 90 min that was planned? Do you play catch up later in the week and try and ‘squeeze’those missed minutes somewhere else in your training? The answer is never as straight forward as we hope it will be, but one element of training that I am beginning to really appreciate as I progress towards Outlaw is time management.
It’s all to easy to say, I am going to train this and that tomorrow, but when it comes to the day your everyday life takes over. On a personal level, I now have to work out when I can fit my training not only in my working day, but outside of that time too without having an adverse effect. At the moment and for the forseeable future, my alarm is permanently set to 5am. If I get up this early, I can make sure that I can get a long run in before my drive to work. I can also get up early enough to ensure that I can bike to work if the weather permits (I will ride in the rain, but when it’s too cold I stay off the roads if possible). I also have to be pragmatic with my approach to training. There will be times when it just is not going to happen. Those curveballs come along and wham, before we know it training time has been and gone. Learning to suck it up and move on is something that I have learned along the way.
Going back to the earlier question of do you try and squeeze the training in elsewhere. For me it’s a simple no. If I miss it, I miss it. Missing that one training session here and there will not have too much of an advers effect (I hope!), but missing too much will. So when it comes to your training, especially those long sessions, plan well, expect the unexpected but if you miss it, you miss it. Don’t try and play catch up because if you do, your training may catch up with you!
Have a fit and healthy day