As a coach, I know runners worry about getting in the miles and triathletes worry about getting enough training for all 3 sports. This is especially true with training for marathoners, Half Ironman and Ironman athletes. When life interrupts training, sometimes athletes get stress out and have an anxiety attack. Life is not straight forward but a training plan keeps you on pace.

Here are some suggestions that will reduce your anxiety and stress:

  • Know how many hours a week you can train.
  • Be realistic for your goal race. If you have only 4-6 hours a week to train, don’t sign up for Half Ironman or Ironman.
  • Sign up for the race.
  • Use a training plan to keep you on track. You can buy a generic online.
  • Focus on the key workouts. Long runs for marathons. Bricks and doubles to work on swim/bike/run for triathlons.
  • Be flexible. Weekends have 2 days, pick the day that week you know you can do your key workout that week.
  • Be real and creative with your time to train. Early morning before everyone gets up or at night.
  • If you travel for work, bring your running shoes. If training for triathlons also bring swim gear. Use time for your workouts not mileage.
  • Make sure you get your sleep before the key workouts.
  • If you are still stress then meditate for 5 to 10 minutes which will bring you back to earth.

Enjoy your workout as a mini vacation from the real work. I love my family but when I visit and it gets stressful, I go for short run. I come back relax and fun.

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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