Being prepared

28 07 2016

It will come as no surprise to hear that when you commit to an endurance triathlon event, there’s quite a bit of training to fit in.

Now, most people will be trying to achieve this alongside a full time job. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be able to afford all the toys otherwise. Triathloning is an expensive hobby.

But what that does mean is that your training isn’t the only regime you need to adopt.

With both of us aiming for Ironman 70.3 in Taupo this year, preparation is becoming a weekend ritual.

Training often happens at both ends of the day, meaning the “to do” list when you walk through the front door during the week includes (in no particular order) showering, getting your gear ready for tomorrow’s training, feeding the cats, winding down (which is important too).

Which doesn’t leave many hours in the day.

And that’s not to mention the laundry. It was bad enough when it was just me training, but now we’re both at it, it’s like someone raided our entire drawer of activewear and just chucked it all in the laundry basket.

Getting home late and starting to cook a meal, or prepping your lunch for tomorrow, are pretty much the last things you want to do.

So on weekends, as well as finding me spending a significant amount of time training, you’ll find me spending hours in the kitchen getting meals ready to reheat. And lunches ready to pack.

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Dinners for days 1-4 all prepped on a Sunday. And lunches too

Achieving sporting goals often isn’t just about doing the training. It’s about setting yourself up for success with the training too.

Without a prepared meal it’s all too easy to neglect a proper meal and make your dinner consist of a microwave pie or takeaway chips.

And that would do my power to weight ratio no favours at all.

 

 

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