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 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 uses time-blocking techniques.
You belong to that group of people 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 time-blocking, you are engaged in an exacting exercise… pulling value out of every nook and cranny of your week.
Outsiders to the sport don’t see the need for this skill as readily. They fail to 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 a symbol of your entire life and your larger ambitions. Time-blocking is not just a fancy training trick.
Case in point: I had a friend who was in the US Army Special Forces. Once, while we were 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. 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.”
Truth be told, afterwards I had to ask “What happened back there?” His Purple Heart and other commendations didn’t mean a thing to me before this episode, but after he explained, 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, family, work and hobbies 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 taking my free program, A Course in Scheduling. After completing it, your race training won’t be the same.
Neither will your life.