No Excuses: Start Training Now

  • By Sarah Wassner Flynn
  • Published Jan 28, 2013
  • Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 6:52 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

The Excuse: I don’t have time to train.

The Answer: You work long hours. You have a couple of kids, a spouse and a dog. You hardly have time to brush your teeth on some days, let alone head out for that planned two-hour ride. How to deal? Pro triathlete Becky Lavelle, who continues to train and race full-time after becoming a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Caitlin, last year, says it’s all about mastering the art of time management. “I don’t have a nanny or a babysitter, so my time is limited. I have to focus more on quality versus quantity to make the most of each workout,” says the Los Gatos, Calif.-based Lavelle. “I try not to get hung up on what can’t be done and just try to focus on what I can do.”

The Approach: Commit to a training schedule based on what you can realistically get done. Don’t schedule a swim at 6 a.m. on Wednesday when you have a Tuesday night deadline. And on the days when it’s just impossible to squeeze in a full workout? “Shorten your workout and make it more intense, or try to make up for it later in the week,” suggests Lavelle.

Try This: Convince a training partner or athletic friend to register for a race with you, then schedule a regular meet-up to swim, bike or run. Holding yourself accountable to someone else means you’re more likely to make the time to train.

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