"Crunch" - The Time-Crunched Competitor

In a world of GO and constant hurry, it can prove challenging to make the time for your workout among the ever growing to-do list. Our mission with this series is to give you some insight into a few simple methods that can help you effectively manage your time in order to accomplish the athletic activities you desire. Follow along as we give tips specific to cyclists, runners, triathletes, and cross-fitters/other sports enthusiasts in this 4 part series.

The following installment will talk about some basic concepts to keep in mind throughout the series. These ideas are proven to be important whether you Ride, Run, Tri, CrossFit or engage in any other sporting activities.


What makes a great champion great? Well, whether you’re an olympic winning athlete or a local competitor, you both have something in common. That’s right, you’ve found the ability to manipulate the 24 hours in each day to work for you. Proper planning leads to consistent results. If you throw caution to the wind and attempt to “fit” in your workout whenever you have time, odds are, you won’t be working out. The key here is to find a time that works with your hectic schedule, stick with it, and find others to hold you accountable.

Many individuals fall into the trap of trying to do too much. This can lead to burnout and becoming overwhelmed, which results in poor performance or no performance altogether. Rather than feeling guilty about missing time on a workout, you should reduce the time of your desired workout. When life happens, move forward, don’t dwell on the past and things you wish you had done better. All you can do now is to work towards your future goals.

A famous quote from B.J. Marshall says that “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”, which holds true for many things in life, especially athletics. If you go out and train without purpose or direction, it is a difficult pattern to sustain. That is why goals and periodic assessment of these goals are important to ensure that you stay motivated and have the ability to measure your completion of what you have set out to accomplish.

Your goals should consist of these elements:

  • Short-term (season) goals

  • Long-term (2-5 year) goals

  • Strengths and Weaknesses - creating an action plan that gives you the necessary structure to deal with both accordingly

  • Set personal/family goals that don’t relate to your athletics - balance

  • Write out goals that are specific and targeted

  • Use monthly assessment to help keep you on track and motivated

It may be helpful to exchange a copy of your goal sheet with another competitor or close friend who can encourage you, as well as keep you accountable. Done correctly, goal sheets will help you to achieve things that you never thought possible!

Here’s the scoop: your goals give you the edge over other competitors, because you have honestly assessed yourself and written out specific things that you hope to accomplish. Since you know the what, you must now determine the how - this is where you create a map that details the specifics that lead you to the completion of your end goals.

This process can seem overwhelming, but start out simple, and basic at first. Once you’ve created an outline and plan that works well, you can begin to adjust it and go into more detail as you see fit.

Our encouragement to you is to always remember to have fun. When your sport overwhelms and controls your life, other things fall out of balance, and you may find that the activity that was once your outlet has now become a chore that you feel obligated to carry out.

Please share with your family/friends, training partners, and fellow sports enthusiasts. We would also love to hear what works for you!

Coming up next week: Crunch: Cyclist