31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence: #18 Leave Your Bucket of Troubles at the Door

“31 Easy Tips to Sporting Excellence” is designed to provide suggestions for areas of improvement in your triathlon training and racing that you might not have previously thought of.

Today’s tip is #18: Leave Your Bucket of Troubles at the Door.

ignore your bucket of troubles to train harder and race faster

By that I mean, don’t bring your stresses and worries to practice. Leave your bucket at the door so it doesn’t drag you down while you’re training. Swimming with a bucket is tough. Running with a parachute will slow your progress, and cycling while distracted is just dangerous! Improve your triathlon and ironman performances by focusing on each practice.

Another way of looking at it is to manage your ‘Energy Pie’. You have many family, friends, obligations and hobbies and limited time and energy to handle them all. So prioritize them and manage them in a way that maximizes your happiness and ability to train.

Whatever your issues, try and forget them for the hour or two you are training. Focus on the session at hand. It will allow you to work harder and get more out of the practice.

You can return to tackling the problem afterwards, and hopefully a good workout and shower will make you feel better.

Previous tips in the 31 Easy Tips series include:

#1: Drink Water First Thing in the Morning
#2: Write Down Your Goals (Now!)
#3: Ask an Expert
#4: Start Stretching
#5: Track your progress towards your Goals
#6: Take a Cold Shower
#7: Incorporate Drills into your Workouts
#8: Superfoods for Superperformance
#9: Get Some Rest
#10: Cross train
#11: Reward Yourself
#12: Don’t Breathe in the Pool
#13: Take a Bath
#14: Do Squat!
#15: Get Yourself a Mentor
#16: Do Yoga
#17: Be on Time

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