If you are someone who experiences time scarcity because of your devotion to endurance multi-sports, you are in the right place here at Schedule U.
Anyone who has attempted to complete a triathlon knows that time management can easily be considered to be The Hidden Triathlon Discipline. Unless you happen to be in the top 5-10 percent of triathletes who can make a living on the sport, you are probably holding down a full-job while trying to get in your 10-20 hours per week of training.
That, as you know, is a challenge.
A lot of people decide to compete in a triathlon. A smaller number make it to the start line. Some don’t finish the race. Chances are, there’s a high correlation between each individual’s time management skills and their success, a fact known to those who have been around the sport for a while.
If you’re a triathlete, you may know what I mean. A decision to go faster, or do longer races is a choice to spend more time on the sport either swimming, cycling, running, lifting, stretching or resting. At some point, to fit everything in, you must become someone who puts everything you need to do on your calendar: a “Total Task Scheduler.”
They are folks who use their calendars as their mission control – a place to coordinate their entire lives, including their training. They budget their time carefully, with a passion that looks obsessive to outsiders who don’t understand. If you are already a Total Task Scheduler, you are engaged in an exacting exercise… pulling value out of every nook and cranny of your week. Outsiders don’t get the need for this skill as quickly. They don’t grasp the bigger picture – your commitment to triathlon represents a single area of excellence. It’s highly visible, and easy to measure, but it’s just an emblem for your entire life and your larger ambitions. Total Task Scheduling is not just a training trick.
I had a friend who was in the Special Forces. Once, at church, a grizzled veteran approached him and slowly read the badges on his uniform through heavy trifocals. Without introducing himself, he nodded slowly, taking in the story told by the badges, and then asked with a tremble: “Can I shake your hand? I want to thank you for your service to this country.”
Truth be told, afterwards I had to ask my friend for an explanation for what had just happened. His Purple Hearts and other commendations didn’t mean a thing to me before this episode, but after his summary explanation, I realized he had just never told me he was someone special.
If you’re reading these words because you have, in the past, signed up for a race, I know you’re special too. You set a stretch goal for yourself, separated yourself from many of your friends and family, and tried to accomplish something they hadn’t. Schedule U may start out for you as a way to learn a particular skill demanded by an extreme sport, but for many, it evolves into more: a way to conduct their lives so that it’s excellent, balanced and fulfilling in every aspect. Special.
If this resonates with you, then join me in learning some of the most advanced time management skills on the planet by taking my free program, A Course in Scheduling. After completing it, your race training won’t be the same.
Neither will your life.