Help Me Find Time To Train For A 70.3
220 Triathlon|December 2017

Reader Jonathan Shaw is finding it hard to balance family life and work with training. Coach Dermott Hayes helps him find more time for tri

Dermott Hayes

Jon: I have an 80-mile round-trip commute, rising at 6am, to be out for 6:30am. I’m not great at early mornings but am prepared to change. Any suggestions?

Dermott: Training early in the morning is a habit we can adapt to, but you shouldn’t force it as there’s a risk you’ll just resent it and go to bed stressing about getting up. Perhaps start with one morning session per week, where you aim to train from 5:15am for 45mins and build from there. You won’t need to do more than two morning sessions per week as sleep is also vital. Prepare all your kit the night before and be ready to go.

I can squeeze in a 5km run some lunchtimes and a longer run when I work away once a fortnight. What should I focus on in these sessions?

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