I’ve coached pilots to agegroup championships and Kona starting lines.
The #1 thing we learned was to take advantage of schedule flexibility by minimizing the cost, in fatigue, of their work schedule.
The goal is a rapid return to training.
- Resist the urge to frontload fatigue => have yourself heading “up” as you start a work block
- No zeros – on the road => train easy, near dawn
Load when, and where, you are most able to recover => at home
Stay out of the restaurants – nutrition is where you can make progress
Because a little weight gain, each trip, adds up.
Nutrition also ties into getting yourself back to loading as fast as possible.
- Sliced peppers
- Lightly boiled, quartered mini carrots
- Sumo Orange (easy to peel)
- Boiled eggs or sliced chicken breast
- Mini Hummus
- Pita Chips
- Giant nalgene water bottle
All you need to do is open a bag, or pop the lid.
Remove as much friction as possible between yourself and better food choices.
Every replaced restaurant meal is a WIN.
Rack those wins up.
Stay in your sleep schedule – use seniority to select routes that let you move and sleep well.
When you’re on the road: eye shades, earplugs, cold room and backup ear protection in case there’s a rave happening outside your window.
Consistent progress is about the return, not what you manage while working.
So you can execute when you’re tired, keep it simple and remove friction.
- Go into work on the upswing
- Focus on nutrition – win by staying out of the restaurants
- Train easy, near dawn
- Sleep cold, quiet and dark
Pilot’s Paradox => if big goals nudge you to make better chocies at work, you can be healthier, and happier, with significant training load.