I think there are people here with all sorts of jobs, different skills, knowledge and specialisms. Assuming you have had some success in your work life, have you learned things which you can apply to be more successful in your Tri hobby?
If so please share so other people who don’t have your specific skillset might be able to chew thrm over and maybe benefit.
I’ll go first. I’m a NHS GP, have been since 2001. My insights are mostly to do with lifetime wellbeing. I see a lot of people who are basically healthy, even in old age. About 50% of this (in my opinion) is due to good genes and good luck. The other 50% seems to be due to good choices and positive thinking.
Quadriceps strength in the 8th and 9th decades is as good a predictor of survival as anything else.
People who are able to stay strong and active are healthier and happier throughout their lives, in my experience.
On the other hand, people who adopt sedentary lifestyles are at greater risk of health problems, often starting in their 4th or 5th decades.
You can’t choose the hand you have been dealt. But you can play your best game.
So… the application… I aim to do 1 hour of exercise per day on average. This helps counterbalance the essentially sedentary nature of my job.
I opted for part time work (7 days per fortnight) because I think this allows balance in life, albeit at the expense of less £££. Beyond a certain point , extra £££ do not confer additional wellbeing.
I chose to work close enough to home that I can commute on foot or bike. I also use a bike to do any work I need to do outside the surgery, to do shopping, to visit friends and family. Haven’t been in a car for nearly 2 months. This, again, helps counterbalance the essentially unhealthy and sedentary nature of sit down desk work- and I think probably helps tri performance too.
Tri is a great balancing activity to an indoor job. I have been doing Tri since age 17, will be 47 this year, feel great and so far no serious injuries. BMI is exactly what it was when I was 17. Swimming maintains the upper body, cycling maintains the core, running maintains the lower body.
That’s enough from me. I think we have engineers here, IT experts, university lecturers, military, people with other unique skills and experiences.
What are your insights? What can we learn from you?