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Balancing Act: Confessions of a Triathlon Coach Too Busy to Blog

Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Hey there, fellow triathletes and aspiring multisport enthusiasts!

It's been a hot minute, since I last, shared my thoughts on the world of triathlon, and believe me, it's not because I've been lounging by the pool sipping on electrolyte drinks. No, my friends, it's because I've been knee-deep in coaching duties, creating training plans for both Final Surge and Training Peaks, swimming a few laps, pedaling through even fewer miles, and sometimes pounding the pavement alongside my dedicated athletes.

So, let's dive into the whirlwind that has been my life since June, and maybe, just maybe, you'll find some nuggets of wisdom on how to navigate your own triathlon journey amidst life's chaotic schedule.

The Coach's Conundrum

Ever felt like you're running (pun intended) on a hamster wheel, struggling to find a moment to catch your breath? That's been my reality for the past few months. Between creating training plans for both Final Surge and Training Peaks, crafting personalized training plans, fine-tuning swim strokes, perfecting bike cadence, and ensuring my athletes transition seamlessly from one discipline to the next, time has slipped through my fingers like sand.

Life in the Fast Lane

Triathlon coaching isn't a 9-to-5 gig—it's a lifestyle. While I love every moment of it, finding time to sit down and pen my thoughts on this incredible sport has been as challenging as conquering a steep hill climb. But fear not, dear readers, for in my absence, I've learned a thing or two that might just resonate with you.

Tips for Finding Your Training Groove Amidst the Chaos

1. Prioritize Your Passion

Life gets busy, but your love for triathlon shouldn't take a backseat. Schedule your training sessions like important meetings, and treat them with the same level of commitment. Make your triathlon journey a non-negotiable priority.

2. Embrace Efficiency

In the world of triathlon, quality often trumps quantity. Focus on targeted, high-intensity workouts that deliver maximum results in minimal time. A well-structured, efficient training plan can make a world of difference.

3. Master the Art of Multitasking

Combine your workouts with other activities whenever possible. Commute to work on your bike, take advantage of the nearby spin class, squeeze in a quick run during lunch, or hit the pool early in the morning. Triathlon training doesn't always have to be a separate entity—it can seamlessly integrate into your daily life.

4. Set Realistic Goals

While I may have fallen short of my blogging goals, my commitment to my athletes has never wavered. Learn to set realistic expectations for yourself, acknowledging that there will be periods where certain pursuits may take precedence over others.

5. Unlock the Power of Personal Development

In the realm of time management, two books have been game-changers for me—"Atomic Habits" by James Clear and "The Compound Effect" by Darren Hardy. These reads delve into the principles of habit formation and the compounding effect of small, consistent actions over time. Applying these concepts to your life can enhance your ability to manage time effectively, making room for both your triathlon pursuits and other commitments.

The Finish Line

So, here I am, back in the blogging saddle, sharing my insights on triathlon coaching and the delicate dance of balancing passion with a bustling schedule. Life happens, but it doesn't mean your triathlon dreams have to take a backseat. With a bit of prioritization, efficiency, multitasking, realistic goal-setting, and a dash of personal development wisdom, you can carve out the time needed to pursue your multisport ambitions.

Remember, the journey to the finish line is just as important as the destination. See you out there on the course!

Happy training,

Paul M. Johnson

Triathlon Coach Extraordinaire (Mostly)

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