Are you a devoted multi-sports athlete?
If you are training for a hopefully-sooner-than-later post-COVID race, you may know what it means to experience time scarcity.
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.
Well, when I completed my one and only full-iron distance event, I learned a few things about preparing for a long-course race.
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 big challenge.
While a lot of people tell themselves they should complete a triathlon one day, a far smaller number actually make it to the start line. Some don’t finish the race. I believe there’s a high correlation between time management skills and race completion. But you probably already know this!
Once you make the commitment to compete, you are probably deciding to spent more time A decision to go faster, or do longer races is a choice to spend more time swimming, cycling, running, lifting, stretching or resting. It’s only natural that you use advanced task management techniques like time blocking.
At the moment of commitment, (or before) you join a select group of Mega-Taskers who use their calendars as their mission control – a place to coordinate their entire lives. You budget your time carefully, with a passion that looks obsessive to outsiders who don’t understand.
They just don’t grasp the depth of your drive to excel.
Case in point: Once, after a church service, a grizzled veteran approached a friend of mine. He was wearing his Army uniform, with its Special Forces patch, linking him to this elite group.
Slowly, the veteran read the badges on my friend’s uniform through heavy trifocals. Without even introducing himself, he nodded slowly. Then he asked, with a tremble in his voice: “Son, can I shake your hand? I want to thank you for your service to this country.”
Afterwards I asked, “What happened back there?”
He explained what his two Purple Hearts and other commendations meant for the first time. I just never knew he was someone special until that moment.
If you’re a multi-sport athlete, I know you’re special too. You are someone who sets stretch goals for yourself, in a determined effort to accomplish something extraordinary. 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 signing up for my training program, A Course in Scheduling. After completing it, your race training won’t be the same. And neither will you.