Andy Potts: Balancing Triathlon and Family

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege to travel the world and watch you share the joy of racing and an active healthy lifestyle with your families. Regularly, I am asked about how I balance training, racing, my coaching business, and family. I gotta say, it’s not easy but it pales in comparison to the juggling act most of you have to do. I have the luxury that I don’t have a job that involves commuting, a boss, or the daily management of people. I’m lucky that when I’m training, I am working. With that, here are a few tips I have picked up over the years that could benefit anyone trying to manage it all.

1. Have a routine but don’t let your routine stress you out

Training for a triathlon is time-consuming and mentally demanding. Add in juggling a schedule, work/life and the schedule of your family makes it tougher. I have found that you have a set schedule, there is one less thing that you have to think about and by getting into a weekly rhythm you can focus on your workout instead of juggling activities. If you know that you have certain time blocks everyday and specific dates for each workout, then it makes it easier to pack your bags, have everything you need and be ready to train. Further, it allows others(like your family), to plan as well.

2. Establish expectations and communicate regularly

Critical for any relationship and a family tri relationship is establishing expectations and communicating if you need to change your schedule or needs. When my wife knows that I won’t be around on specific days/times, she can plan her life and my kids’ life around that. Conversely, my wife can let me know her expectations and needs for me so that I can plan my training around that. The key is being clear and establishing a routine. In our house, my family knows I swim early. The expectation is that I won’t be there when they wake up but I will be there during breakfast to get everything ready for school and then get the kids to school while my wife heads off to the cupcake shop. Similarly, I also spend time with my kids explaining to them what I am doing in my training and why. This lets them understand why I am going out on a 4 hour bike ride or in my training cave for hours at a time instead of going with them to the park.

3. Be in the moment

Andy's son greets him at the finish line

A lot of folks try to do too much. Too much at work, too much with their family and too much training. What ends up happening is they ‘fail’ at everything or are always guilty that they aren’t living up to their expectations. What I try to do is really be in the moment for whatever I am doing. If I am training, I am singularly focused on training as I would be doing a disservice to myself and to my kids if I didn’t give 100% to my training. Similarly, when I am with my kids, I am not feeling guilty that I am not training- I am 100% dedicated to my time with them. It makes everything I do more impactful and I can provide a higher quality experience in everything I do, which is what matters in the end.

 

4. Brick/Combo workouts

The best way to get in multiple workouts in a day is to brick your workouts. The typical brick is bike/run but you can easily swim/bike or swim/run as well. The goal here is to minimize the prep time and clean up time. Instead of splitting workouts and having to prepare and clean up twice, you can save thirty to sixty minute by doing it once. Really want to get crazy, you can swim/bike/run most days like me :).

 

Original article on Infinit Nutrition here

Pagosa Duathlon

Pagosa Springs

 

The premier off-road racing event of Pagosa, in the pristine San Juan Mountains.  Get DIRTY with the ultimate Pagosa Duathlon experience.  Three epic races to choose from, all for the single-track trail enthusiast.  And for our rising athletes, we have the exciting Dusty Kids Gravel Growler. This fun race will give your budding star a taste of the duathlon excitement!

Proceeds benefit the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, a non-profit organization supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crime since 1996.  Your entry fee will help ACVAP pay for their 24-hour hotline or counseling for a victim or child who have been abused.  It will help a family relocate to a safer home or help a victim file for a protection order.  ACVAP is an all-inclusive agency, providing comprehensive and reliable victim support services 24-hours a day.  Get dirty and be a part of ending the violence in Archuleta County.

 

Event details and registration here

Pearl Street Mile

Boulder

 

The Pearl Street mile will see a major change to the original course this year with the new course being a 2 lapped event. The race will start on 14th and Spruce St and it will finish in front of Boulder’s iconic Court House located on the Pearl St Mall.

The newly designed course will make it spectator friendly with Downtown Boulder’s Band on the Bricks and the new finish line in front of the Boulder Court House will certainly make it one of the most spectacular finish line backdrops.

After the race, enjoy the Downtown Boulder’s Bands on the Bricks, which is Boulder County’s premier outdoor summer concert series taking place on the Pearl Street Mall adjacent to the race finish line. Listen to music from “That Eighties Band” and venture into the beer garden and enjoy a nice cold post race beer courtesy of Avery Brewing Company.

 

Event details here

West End 3k

Boulder

 

Part of the Downtown Boulder Race Series.  The race will be at the traditional starting spot of 11th and Pearl, but this year it will be bigger than ever before with the live 80’s cover band “The Goonies”, the Oskar Blues beer garden, and of course running races for all ages. The West End race has reverted back to the popular 3K distance, which was last held in 2013.

This years West End 3K promises to be a great event. With all races being multi-lapped loops making them spectator friendly, the new redevelopment of the West End of Pearl completed, plenty of great options to eat and have a drink while relaxing after your race, there is no excuse not to have a good time!

 

Event details here

Love, Loveland Lake to Lake on Valentines

By Bill Plock

Since 1947 the city of Loveland has been post marking Valentine Cards to send to loved ones all around the world. We thought we would throw a little triathlon love to the Lake to Lake Triathlon and ask a few participants why they love it so much.

Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Peggy Shockley, race director, nice, caring, genuine and supportive
2. Beautiful bike course with views of Horsetooth reservoir and fun hills
3. The brunch at the end of the race is worth the price of admission alone!
4. Luscious grass to run on from swim exit to transition
5. Amazing volunteers
6. Run around the lake and downhill finish in statue park
7. The lake! Nice water, great beach8. Easy for families to watch

9. Great finish line!
10. It’s in Loveland!

Want to try Lake toLake? It’s on June 23 and thereis a Sprint and Olympic distances as well as Aquabike events to choose from.

Check out the website

 

Tri on the Plains

Sterling

 

Tri on the Plains was established by the Sterling Lions Club in 2013. Tri on the Plains is a fundraiser where proceeds will be used to benefit the Lions Club sight projects.  The Sterling Lions Club, the largest of the Lions organizations on the eastern plains, host a variety of events throughout the year.

They have recently teamed up with AMPT (Advancing Modern Professionals for Tomorrow) the Logan County Young Professionals group.

 

Event details and registration here

Mini Mortals Triathlon

Pueblo

 

Mini Mortals Triathlon (MMT) is a reverse order youth triathlon following the Ordinary Mortals race and distances are based on the age of participant on 12/31. For example a child turning 9 at any point during the year will compete in the 9-11 year age group and distance:

  • 5-8 years:  0.5 mile run, 1.6 mile bike, 25 yard (one length) swim. One parent may escort on course.
  • 9-11 years: 1 mile run, 4.4 mile bike, 150 yard swim (3 lap) swim.
  • 12-15 years: 2 mile run, 7.2 mile bike, 300 yard swim (6 lap) swim.

This event often attracts several families of two or three generations racing together the same day!  Also check out the adult triathlon the Ordinary Mortals Triathlon for parents and grandparents!

 

Event details and registration here

 

Silver Creek Raptor Run 5k

Longmont

 

Be a part of this fun community event in south-west Longmont! Bring your family and friends and come support the Silver Creek High School Raptors. The Raptor Run is a family-friendly run/walk 5K course with great views of the Twin Peaks.  The course runs through two parks and never crosses a street!

Proceeds go to the Raptor Activities Booster Club (RABC) which provides grants and additional funding for student athletic programs, After Prom, Homecoming, and more.

Registration includes a t-shirt with our “shoe print” logo.  And, it’s a Bolder Boulder qualifier!

 

Event details and registration here

2017 IRONMAN World Championships Kona – Bill Plock’s Tri Hearter Recap

BEN HOFFMAN

By Bill Plock

I’m struggling to know what to share with you. There is so much. So much. Joy. Triumph. Sadness. Perseverance. Grit. Guts. Tenacity. The list is super long!

The results of the Ironman World Championships are not measured by a clock, or a place on a podium or by a Garmin. They are measured by smiles, tears and hugs. By racing and watching this race, we make huge deposits in the experience bank of our souls that serve us later in life.

Colorado’s Vicki Derrick and Jamie Twedt

It’s hard to share an epic event like this without using a cliche. I need to remember that to “narrow your focus broadens your appeal” and as one of the eyes and ears of 303triathlon, my “job” is to share with you and try to find relativity in this ocean of stories. Imagine you are on the pier and 2,400 boats appear on the horizon intending to land. Each one from a different place, maybe a different continent, maybe even from a country you didn’t know existed. Each boat carries stories and dreams and some are captained alone but most come with a crew. But they all have one goal. To finish.

Being in Kona for race week is like being on a captive island of history and tradition drawing these boats in like a compass faces north. The triathlon world focuses here for the week. Even if the Ironman distance is not your race of choice, the challenge of the sport clearly radiates here. Experts and those in the industry greet all of these boats, and in our case meeting legends like Bob Babbitt and Mike Reilly to share the history and meaning of this race just make the landing that much richer.

D3 Multisport’s Simon Butterworth, on his way to winning his age group

I encourage you to listen to those interviews to gain a true perspective on what happens here and what HAS happened here. What I have learned, and continue to learn each time I am here, is that to know the history, and to respect the race is essential to understand its epic nature.

With the focus on Colorado and our saturation of this race with 54 athletes toeing the line we have a lot share—and a lot to be thankful for. It feels like family. With all those boats landing and people scurrying everywhere, to latch on to a familiar smile, to know just a few stories is like finding a life preserver in rough unknown waters.

303 Ambassador Todd Plymale-Mallory encourages Andy Potts

We at 303 see ourselves as a bridge to you. A place where you can see what happens when your friends and loved ones landed here with 2,346 other athletes. Yes some came here to win it all, and our local pro, Andy Potts, was the first American across the line. We in Colorado have a lot to be proud of.

The other 53 athletes persevered. We tried to share moments of each of their journeys and for any we may have missed, it wasn’t for lack of trying. And you made Colorado proud and it was such an honor to share your journey with our readers and subscribers a few thousand miles away. Even with technology of instant connectivity, it’s the intangible flow of like-minded energy and a love of this sport and a love of every journey we encountered, that hopefully rushed at the speed of light into your hearts. We hope you felt what we did, and sharing that and feeling such a wonderful community in Colorado at the “Super Bowl” of triathlon is what makes being at this race epic.

Be proud 303 Nation. We have the most amazing triathlon community in the world.