I do the 80/20 Triathlon plan and often the weekend has very long or multiple workouts each day. My kids play competitive soccer so once or twice a month we have tournaments that start really early say 8:00 a.m. and go till late in the afternoon or evening. These days can be especially exhausting as it requires travel as well. I’m wondering how I should adjust my workout schedule as this last training plan I needed up missing several of my long rides/swims/runs.
Would I be better moving my rest days to the weekends and just not taking them during the week?
Should I skip a different workout during the week and replace it with the weekend workout?
The work/ life balance is always a challenge, and especially when kids are active in sports!
Whatever distance you are training for, it’s key to hit those longer workouts so your body can acclimate to the stress and time on your feet or in the saddle. I would recommend moving your rest days to those days when the kids are the busiest and making sure the key workouts are scheduled.
When my kids were little, I would get my workouts in when they were at practices by running from the practice site (sometimes there was a track close by) or even bringing my bike and trainer and sitting it up while I watched! I got a lot of funny looks but it allowed me to kill 2 birds with 1 stone!
Thanks for your response Coachanne. This next week is a good example of my issue. Here is what is scheduled currently:
Mon-RF3, Tues-STT2, Wed-CCI1, Thu-Rest, Fri-RF6, Sat SCI1 & CF9, Sun-Rest
Sat and Sunday we will be at/traveling to a soccer tournament all day, it is unlikely I will have time to do the swim and ride. Would you suggest moving the rest day on Thursday to Saturday and shifting everything left one day? Maybe it would be better to drop the run from Friday and just shift the Saturday workouts to Friday? Do you have some other suggestions?
One last question Coachanne if you don’t mind. As I understand the documentation, for days that have both a bike and a swim or a run and a swim listed, not as a brick, I don’t have to do them both that day. Is that correct? So I could move the swim a day forward or back but leave the bike on the scheduled day?
Thanks for your help on this. These plans really do get results!
You can certainly make adjustments to the plan as you need to fit in to your schedule. You will definitely want to pay attention to the consistency of the workouts and not try to double up more than 2 days in a row. Allow your body a bit of a break for some rest and repair instead of trying to get all of the workouts in within a few days.