This week Element Athlete Scott Schultes talks about how he manages to maintain his multisport lifestyle while juggling his marriage, 2 young kids and a full time job!
People who haven't seen me or trained with me in a while notice I am still pretty fit; not an easy thing to accomplish working 55 hour weeks while being a good husband and a good father (I have a 5 year old and 4 week old). I was always told when I was in my twenties, by older friends/relatives, once I get older and have more responsibilities at work and at home, training will go to the wayside. While it has gotten definitely more difficult to find the time to train, I believe the key for me, and most of the people I know in the sport, is multi-sport is a lifestyle . Running, cycling, lifting, training.. this is what I love and am passionate about. Thus, waking at 4:45am to get in a run or a bike before heading to work is a great way to start the day, not something to feel forced into.
You NEED a supportive spouse. Of course, you can have an un-supportive spouse, but hopefully he/she knew what she was getting into when they were dating you and definitely knew by the time you got married that training and competing is a part of being with you. For me, this is HUGE!! My wife has been supportive as possible (and no, she doesn't run or bike or like athletics at all!!). This has included making family trips out of races that are abroad or someplace interesting. She also knows that if I can sneak away for 30-60min to run/bike, I will be a better husband and father. Once time became more of an issue with having a family, I decided to invest in a club quality treadmill for the house as well as an indoor trainer for the bike called Kickr. Now, if the weather is crappy or it's too cold, I have all I need in house to get in a workout and I lose no time commuting to and from a health-club.
Finally, don't put in garbage time when you train. Unless you are just getting back into shape, nursing an injury, or need a recovery day, plan a quality training session that has a specific purpose. For the last 5 years, I have been putting in garbage time on my indoor trainer, just "spinning" while playing games on my laptop or watching videos/movies to pass the time. NO MORE. I invested in Kickr and now each time I get in 60 min cycling, it is a quality ride. I surprised myself and some of my friends on my first group ride this past Tuesday. This is usually a ride that I, along with a few other riders, like to make as painful as possible, making pulls sustained of at least 28 mph+. I did not plan to do any work up in the front since I have not been riding much more than 2-3hrs/week throughout the winter/early spring. To my surprise, I felt strong and was able to contribute to the ride, taking turns doings some of the work in the front. The little, but high intensity/quality time spent on the trainer helped put me in a position to start the summer season in relatively good shape.