Time Management: How to Juggle Triathlon Training and D&D Nights

For someone who is passionate about the training that comes with competing in triathlons and rolling dice and min-maxing player characters’ ability scores, TIME MANAGEMENT is crucial.

But considering the amount of time needed for the lifestyle and the game, and the availability of players, it can most definitely prove to be a daunting task.

It is, however, possible if you’re ready and willing. As someone who’s pretty much been there and done that, here are a few time management tips that’s helped me along the way.

Use a Calendar

Never underestimate the power of a good calendar to help you plot out your schedule. Knowing what stuff you have planned on which day can help you avoid the hassle of rushing through preparations and gives you enough of a head start too.

Plot out your races and major training days on your calendar and, in the mix, include your game nights as well. Use special markers for each so it’s easier for you to know what’s up for which day.

It might also be great to share this calendar with your DM so he knows when you’re not available just so he can make adjustments to the story (not to mention encounter difficulty – because no one likes an unintentional TPK).

Get Work Done During the Weekdays

As an adult Level 5 entrepreneur/freelancer, I can’t stress the importance of finishing up work during the weekdays and ONLY during the weekdays. Weekends are for you and not for work. In my case, my weekends are for family (both actual family and multisports family), races and dungeons and dragons.

In my experience, working during the weekends disrupts my focus and dissolves all the fun of training, being in a race or role-playing. So, unless absolutely necessary, work stuff gets done ONLY during the weekdays where it belongs.

The same can be said for D&D however. As much as possible (and as much as I love the game), I’d like D&D sessions to happen on my weekends so I can focus on work and training in my weekdays.

Be Open and Honest

Afraid you might not make it during a special D&D one shot campaign? Let your DM know. Think your body’s not recovered enough to do that long run? Let your coach or your team mates know. Generally tired and want to just have a little quiet time for yourself? Let everyone involved know that you couldn’t make it.

You don’t want to set false expectations for people only to fail to show up in the end. This disappoints them and leaves them wondering whether they can trust you or not. So be open and honest about how you’re feeling or thinking so you can sort it out.

Oh, and in case something does come up or you forgot about a certain schedule, apologize, try to see if there’s any way to rectify any problems that arose from your negligence and move forward. Find ways to fix things.

Know Your Limits

If there are certain schedules you can’t work with, let the person involved know and find a way to move forward. We all only have 24 hours in a day and we can’t expect to do everything we want to do in excellence with just that amount.

So if you can’t play a game or can’t attend training because of a very important work requirement you must submit (or because you need to recover for a race), then let it go.

Here’s a little story: There was this period when every Thursday night, we have this Curse of Strahd campaign. My swim schedule happens to have shifted a bit and now we have Friday morning swim training.

I had to let go of playing in that D&D campaign because I needed all the sleep I can get to be able to perform well the following day. So it’s really just about discipline and knowing what matters more to you.

Speaking of which…

Know Why You Do What You Do

Personally, I pursue Triathlons (and other related races) because I want to be healthy in the long run. I also love the challenges that the Triathlon journey brings, I love the feeling of surpassing things I never thought I can beat and that feeling of triumph over something that I once considered frightening.

I love Dungeons and Dragons because unlike most games (or video games), it gives you the freedom to do anything you want to (within your alignment of course) in another world. It provides you with the opportunity to momentarily escape reality and just be with other like-minded, fun-loving people. Plus the lore’s pretty f*cking metal.

For both, I get certain benefits and I have to pay a price for each. Is it a price I’m willing to pay? What’s the value behind it? These are the questions I’ve asked myself when determining items on my schedule and it’s helped me become happy with the schedule I’ve come up with for myself.

At the end of the day, it’s all about knowing the purpose of the things you do. For Triathlon training, I put in a little more extra effort because I want to be healthy and live long enough to play more Dungeons and Dragons Games.

For Dungeons and Dragons, while I love the game and am absolutely willing to spend some weeknights without sleep for it, I don’t. Just because I love something doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice my health for it. I mean I STILL play games during the weekends – it’s just that I don’t want to have weekday scheduled because .

If there’s anything this lifestyle and game has taught me, it’s that even in the things we love, we must practice discipline and moderation.

What are your time management tips and tricks? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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  1. Francis Wade
    Francis Wade says:

    I had to make some major changes to my habits, practices and rituals when I signed up for my first iron-distance race. It helped me understand that I needed to to keep evolving my methods of managing my time, much in the same way that Total Immersion taught me to work on my swimming technique.

    Now, my time management methods are very different from what they used to be back then, so the lesson stuck with me!


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