• Doug Morris

How Effective Triathletes Accomplish More in Less Time

Is there a disappointingly finite amount of time for you to train for your next triathlon achievement? Want to develop skills effective triathletes practice every day to get the most out of their time investment? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, then continue reading for a process to train more efficiently within your time frame.


Triathletes work, eat, socialize, sleep, and take to the local swim, bike, and run lanes sucking up precious time blocks of their lives. However, effective triathletes developed a solution to best utilize hours needed for optimal outcomes within the limits of a fixed 24 hour time period.


Shared below are how they reach their daily objectives within narrow time periods by use of processes that are highly efficient to achieve their triathlon career goals.


Effective triathletes start with a prioritized daily “To Do” lists, then perform actions to accomplish the tasks, and follow up by measuring outcomes to these for feedback. This 3-step process allows them to focus on tasks assigned the highest importance, identify when completed, and adjust as necessary.




Sure, that’s easy, “I’m already doing these three these,” you think to yourself.

Then let’s look at 10 specific items to validate your behavioral biases to improve your success in accomplishing more in less time:

  1. Decide what you want to accomplish at your long-term destination. Set clear, measurable goals. Your goal could be to finish your first triathlon, set a PR at Nationals, compete in the World Championships, or race across six continents. You choose.

  2. Know why you embarked on your journey. This reinforces your commitment in your actions to pull you up from the lows experienced to reach your goal.

  3. Establish interim milestones to accomplish along the journey. Communicate these in simple terms for clarity and accountability.

  4. Assign priorities to the tasks to reach each milestone. Every task is not of equal importance. Use your time to go for big ones from the start. Know your critical path. A sold-out race without your entry will delay the best laid out journey plans.

  5. Celebrate each milestone when achieved. Small wins keeps you motivation intact. While discouraging wayward disappointments. Frequently assess where you are in relationship to your path. Get back on track if you get lost or fall off the pace.

  6. Streamline your actions to align with the purpose of the journey. These will not be routines but tasks to perform to fulfill your passion. Choose action plans leveraged across life’s silos to reach milestones. Ask yourself frequently: “Will this action help achieve my goals?” If not, don’t let someone else’s wants or your misguided actions, turn into time sucking penalties on your journey.

  7. Delegate or outsource what others can do better. This saves your time for your tasks. Things like a coach for workouts, a bike retailer for biking equipment, a sports store for running shoes, and a race director for safe races. Never delegate workouts or mental readiness.

  8. Plan your journey based on what you know, what may happen, and what you will learn along the way. Believe in yourself at challenging points on the journey. Technologies, paradigms, and environments are not static. Adopt to what you learn to boost your efficiencies and effectiveness. Don’t crossover to the dark side and question yourself as a fake. Will yourself to success.

  9. Focus on what you control. Master selectivity.

  10. Solve your own problems. Use solutions with the fewest assumptions. Don’t let someone else’s problem become your problem. Re-read #9 to confirm guidance.

Recognize becoming an effective triathlete is not a narrow and straight line. It’s more like a bike leg course of wide roads, ups and downs, and flats and steep pitches. Test and adopt solutions in what works best for your lifestyle. Different equipment and different approaches are needed for different goals, environments, and capabilities. And accept things change over time.


Follow the process along your journey to be the most effective triathlete in reaching your goals timely. With the process model establish your fitness and mental training within the boundaries. Consider adopting for your professional career and personal life too. Start with filtering your decisions through these processes and continue on your journey’s optimal path.


How do you accomplish more in less time that is influenced by your triathloning background?


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Doug Morris

Coach of Exceptional Outcomes

Palm Trees Ahead, LLC

Tel: 1.630.457.7889

dougmorris@palmtreesahead.com

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