I talk a lot about balancing life and endurance training all the time with our athletes. It is by far one of the most difficult challenges I see people struggle with on a daily basis. Sometimes I feel like I juggle things pretty well, but when a tragedy occurs, you rethink everything.
Last week, my dad passed away from cancer. Although it was expected, a death in the family not only makes you sad, it makes you think about all the relationships you have, or do not have, with friends and family.
Sometimes, when training with friends, week after week, they seem to become part of your family. With social media, we feel like we keep in touch with everyone we know daily. But when your schedule includes waking up early to get in a workout, going to work and then taking kids to activities, when do you fit in “quality” time with loved ones?
Maybe Training Peaks needs a “family time” option so those of us that struggle with it can schedule that time in advance. I do have a few athletes who find destination races so they can vacation, before and after the race, with their families.
I know that Triathlon is known to be a selfish sport, but I also know that triathletes are some of the kindest people I have met. One of the best things about this sport is the many new relationships we make. However, the key is to not forget about the family and friends we do, or do not, see in our daily life.