Nail the basics


“Devil is in the details”. A slightly odd phrase which implies that being nitty-gritty with the details is where extraordinary results are made. Triathletes, with their often A-type personalities, love to get deep into the details.

In triathlon, however, it’s all wrong. The extraordinary results are made when doing the ordinary and basic stuff right over a long time. Rather similar to most other skills in life.

In triathlon and sport, in general, you can sum it up into:

    1. Training
    2. Nutrition/hydration
    3. Recovery

To be fair there are different opinions on how to optimize the three factors above. On most subjects, there is still a wide consensus on what works.

Training – In general most top coaches agree on much more than they disagree. If you find a good triathlon coach he/she should be able to make you a very good training program.

Nutrition/hydration – Eat healthy, varied and a lot of veggies. And remember to always support your training session with proper fueling. Also, be sure to drink enough.

Recovery – prioritize getting enough sleep, which for most people are between 7 and 9 hours. When it comes to recovery that should be priority number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

That is all. It’s the basics. It is that simple. Whenever you do find yourself wanting to dig down in the details just take a quick look at the checklist below and see if you got remembered everything. If you have nailed the basics.

Simple yes, easy no. Getting a new baby less than two months ago just a week after moving into a new apartment I definitely struggled to nail the basics, especially sleep. Still, knowing what truly yields results, I prioritize those things first. Doing non-essential things, like writing this blog post, can first be done afterwards. It took me roughly 45 min to write and about 2 months before I found the time to do it. I was busy (trying) to nail the basics.

Amund is the cutest ever. Being more like a party boy during the night makes the regular sleeping plan of consistent bedtimes impossible to follow. It has been replaced by the the «sleep-when-you-can»-strategy until he gets a regular night/day-rhythm.

The term nailing the basics is something I heard on the Purple Patch Podcast with Matt Dixon, which got it thru 70.3 World Champion Tim Reed. Great advice!

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I am a 33 year old PRO triatlete. My goal is to swim, bike and run as fast as possible, and enjoy the journey. All my adventures and triathlon related stuff is well documented on this blog.

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