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Ben Kanute and Sarah Haskins Win the 2018 2XU NYC Triathlon

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BEN KANUTE AND SARAH HASKINS-KORTUEM ARE TOP FINISHERS AT 2018 2XU NEW YORK CITY TRIATHLON

Marcelo Moreira and Gaby Bunton Win Inaugural Life Time Tri Championship 

NEW YORK (July 1, 2018) — Ben Kanute of Phoenix, AZ won the male professional division in 1:46:34 and Sarah Haskins-Kortuem of Eureka, MO won the female professional division in 1:59:53 at today’s 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon.

4,000 Pros, ParaTriathletes (physically challenged) and Age Group athletes competed in the event, produced and presented by Life TimeSM– Healthy Way of Life. Tens of thousands of spectators cheered on the athletes throughout the course.

In the male professional division, Cameron Dye of Boulder, CO finished second with a time of 1:47:04, followed by third-place finisher Jason West of Boulder, CO with a time of 1:47:47. In the female professional division, Laura Goss of Boulder, CO finished second with a time of 2:03:02, while Cecilia Dvis-Hayes of New York, NY finished third with a time of 2:04:05. 30 professional triathletes participated in the event which offered a $30,000 prize purse.

The inaugural Life Time Tri Championship, a race-within-a-race competition, was held during this year’s event, awarding individuals who have qualified across the 2017-2018 Life Time Tri Series, a chance to compete for more than $63,000 in cash and prizes. The overall male winner was Marcelo Moreira of São Paulo, Brazil with a time of 1:58:15 and the overall female winner was Gaby Bunton of Saint Paul, Minnesota with a time of 2:12:26. First, second and third place prizes were also awarded to the top men and woman for each of the twenty competitive divisions.

Participants swam 1.5-kilometers (.93 miles) in the Hudson River, biked 40-kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway, and ran a new 10-kilometers (6.2 miles) course through Central Park to complete the event.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Challenged Athletes International Championship was held during the race and a prize purse of $5,000 was awarded to the top three physically challenged triathletes.

The 2XU New York City Triathlon, the only Olympic distance triathlon in New York City, is part of the The 2018 Life Time TriSM Series, which includes seven triathlons across the country between April and September.

For complete results from the 2XU New York City Triathlon visit www.nyctri.com. For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit lifetimetri.com, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter.

More information about Life Time Athletic Events is available at EventsByLifeTime.com, on Twitter @lifetimefitness and the Life Time Instagram page.

Photos from the race are available upon request.

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About the 2XU New York City Triathlon
The 2XU New York City Triathlon, the only international-distance triathlon in New York City, is a signature event within the 2018 Life Time Tri Series, which includes seven triathlons across the country including: South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis, New York City, Chicago, Tempe and Miami. In its inaugural year,683 people signed up for the race, today it is one of the most in-demand triathlons in America.

About Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 137 destinations in 38 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation’s only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompasses the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. More info is available at http://www.lifetime.life/.

About 2XU
Founded in Australia in 2005, 2XU is the global leader in sports compression and high-performance sports apparel. 2XU compression is designed and tested in consultation with sports scientists and industry experts, and is backed by independent, scientific research by the Australian Institute of Sport and other leading research teams. Present in more than 70 countries worldwide, 2XU is the sportswear brand of choice for the world’s best athletes and sports teams. 2XU helps athletes of all abilities to train, perform and recover at their peak across sports including running, high-intensity interval training, basketball, football and triathlon.

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Race Alert Level – HIGH (RED)

10:15 AM, July, 1 2018

Due to quickly rising wet-bulb and ambient air temperatures, the 2XU New York City Triathlon staff wish to advise all athletes and spectators of the following:

EAS Level
We have elevated the Event Alert System level to HIGH (Red). This means conditions are potentially dangerous. Athletes should slow down and observe course changes and follow event official instructions and consider stopping.

Course
Athletes on or entering the run course are now being diverted from 72nd Street directly into the Finish Line. The abbreviated Run Course will span approximately 1 mile.

Spectators
Spectators are advised to seek shade and hydrate though the morning – multiple water fountains are available throughout Central Park as well as complimentary beverages available from sponsors/vendors in the Finish Festival. Listen to your body and seek assistance if you need.

Further Updates 
Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page and listen for race day public address announcements.

Thank you for your attention and support. We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.

 

Pre Race Alert

10:00 PM, July, 30 2018

In preparation for potentially record high temperatures, race management will be monitoring wet-bulb and ambient air temperatures. Additional assets have been put into place in anticipation of the temps, particularly for runners who will face the higher temperatures later in the day.

Tomorrow’s race will begin under a MODERATE (yellow) flag, meaning less than ideal conditions. In the event these conditions warrant, adjustments to the Run course may be made.

We understand there has been a variety of rumors and speculation around tomorrow’s event. As of this evening no modifications have been made and we are planning for a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.

Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details or official race updates, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page.

Thank you for your attention and support.

 

Important Race Update

Due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels, the 2XU New York City Triathlon staff wish to advise all athletes of the following:

EAS Level
Due to continued, excessive heat, we have elevated the Event Alert System level to MODERATE. You will notice a series of color-coded flags throughout the venue. Sunday’s race will begin under a yellow flag, which means conditions are less than ideal. Should the EAS level further change, the corresponding flag color will be raised.

Course Support
Beyond six fully-stocked fluid stations, the event has increased the amount of misting stations and medical support throughout the event. Ice towels will be distributed at the Finish Line.

Plan to adequately hydrate with water and Gatorade Endurance formula before, during and after the event. Water will be available in transition as well as at the swim start. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula will be available across all Run Course aid stations. Listen to your body. If you don’t feel comfortable, slow down and ask for assistance.

Further Updates 
Should conditions worsen, or the EAS level change, please follow staff instruction accordingly. For the most current details, please visit the 2XU New York City Triathlon Facebook page and listen for race day public address announcements.

Thank you for your attention and support. We appreciate your understanding as we implement these changes to provide you with a safe race experience.

Eat. Hydrate. Sleep. Hydrate. Triumph

 

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Stay in the know with the 2XU New York City Triathlon event schedule, maps and other pertinent information from the Athlinks app, available for free on iOS and Google Play.

 

 

 

2018 2XU NYC Tri Athlete Guide Now Available

The Big Apple Awaits!

Since its inception in 2001, the 2XU New York City Triathlon has become a time-honored summer tradition. The city becomes a stage for Olympians, Paralympians, veterans and aspiring amateurs alike to push their limits in the center of the world’s greatest stadium. Nothing says New York more than the Hudson River, the West Side Highway and Central Park!

Whether you’re a first-timer or an 18th-timer, please take a few minutes to review this year’s guidebook. The interactive Athlete Guide offers course maps, schedules, wave start assignments, venue maps and much more. As always, watch for last-minute event details to be communicated via email, website and social media platforms throughout race weekend.

> Download the 2018 2XU NYC Tri Athlete Guide

> Download the 2018 2XU NYC Tri Spectator Guide

 

New Rules Released
The 2XU NYC Tri will adhere to a new set of event rules, created specifically for all 2018 Life Time Tri events. These rules apply to all triathletes: able-bodied, para and professional alike. Please review the rules within the Athlete Guide and view the video at LifeTimeTri.com/Resources/Rules for more insight.

 

Download the Athlinks App
Additionally, reference the 2XU New York City Triathlon event schedule, maps and other pertinent information from the Athlinks app. NOTE: Additional functionality will continue to come online during the 2018 season.

 

 

Get ready for an incredible weekend of racing.
See you in the Hudson!

New Course Announcement

New Run Course Set for the 18th Annual 2XU New York City Triathlon

NEW YORK (May 29, 2018) — 5,000 athletes will take to the river, roads and parks of Manhattan to compete in the 18th annual 2XU New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time® – Healthy Way of Life, on Sunday, July 1.

For the first time in race history, the run course will be altered so that the race will now flow through Central Park in a counter clockwise direction. This change will bring runners through the southern end of Central Park, and reduce hills by 10% (without the North Woods). Limited general entry and charity team spots are still available.

Click Here for 2018 Course Map

The course change is a first step within a larger initiative, led by Life Time, to create a new and improved athlete and spectator experience at the 2XU New York City Triathlon. The adjusted course will take veteran and first-timers through a new race experience, emphasized by the incredible views of midtown Manhattan near 59th Street.  In an effort to make the course more accessible, more than 100 feet of hills have been eliminated, reducing the total course incline by 10%, from 331 to 303 total feet of climbing. The course will also be more spectator-friendly, offering easier access to viewing areas and closer proximity to midtown Manhattan.

“Athletes of all abilities will appreciate the new run course – veterans who have been with us for many years will enjoy the novelty, first timers can rest easy as they prepare for fewer inclines, and all will be able to take in the iconic views of midtown Manhattan as they run downtown through Central Park,” said Gladys Cueto, Race Director. “As the 2XU New York City Triathlon grows we want to continue to improve upon our race and with that the participant and spectator experience; this new run course is a great first step.”

The 2XU New York City Triathlon, part of the 2018 Life Time Tri Series, which includes seven signature races across the country, is the only International distance triathlon in New York City. The race, is expected to draw 5,000 participants, including Pros, Paratriathletes (physically challenged) and Age Group athletes from around the world. Participants will swim 1.5 kilometers (.93 miles) in the Hudson River, bike 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway, and run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in Central Park. Pro athletes will kick off the race by jumping into the Hudson at 5:50 a.m. The winner is expected to cross the finish line in Central Park at 7:30 a.m.

More than $90,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to this year’s field, including professional triathletes and amateur athletes alike. The 2018 event incorporates the inagural Life Time Tri Championship event – featuring 250 able-bodied and paratriathletes who qualified across the 2017 Life Time Tri Series.

Race weekend will kick off on Friday, June 29 with the beloved NYC Tri Diaper Derby, featuring future triathletes crawling to victory during “the slowest two minutes in sports.” On Friday night, 500 athletes – wearing nothing but their undergarments – will run 1.7-miles through Central Park during the Pair of Thieves Underwear Run.

What To expect with the 2018 Life Time Tri Series

The 2018 Life Time Tri season is about to get interesting…

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking some bold steps next year, launching a myriad of new initiatives and innovations the industry hasn’t yet seen.

Our goal is to make the sport of triathlon a bit more friendly for new athletes, as well as enhance the experience of our seasoned veterans.

Why? It’s simple. We need to bring new life to short course triathlon.

Like any industry, if we’re to remain relevant to our existing marketplace, or even consider tapping into new audiences, we’ve got to adapt. We must find ways to convince veterans to have another go. We must invent opportunities for millennials to consider short course triathlon in their evoked set of personal activities.

While we’ll continue producing high-value events in iconic destinations, no longer can our incredible team label ourselves as “event producers.” Instead, we now consider ourselves to be in the Athlete Development business. Each of us are responsible for motivating, educating and physically preparing our customers for the challenge at hand. Make no mistake, this is all heavy lifting – and it’s needed.

After 12+ years in this sport, we continue to believe that short course triathlon still has its place in the endurance universe. We want to inspire and influence the multisport lifestyle for years to come, which is why our 2018 season will focus on these four initiatives:

  • We will simplify our approach.
  • We will increase accessibility to the party.
  • We will incorporate convenience into our sport.
  • We will rekindle the fun factor.

Allow me to explain…

Simplify
Let’s start with pricing. This year, all event prices include both registration fees and insurance. If you’ve ever attempted to explain the concept of secondary participant coverage fees to a non-triathlete, you understand.

Then, there’s the inclusion of both Coaches and Race Officials at each of our 2018 races. If you participated in our 2017 events, you likely observed the “Ask A Coach” booth at the Expo. This will be a standard next year, staffed by race-familiar experts whose duty is to offer complimentary, face to face guidance – from education to motivation, whatever it takes to reduce confusion and/or enhance the athlete experience.

Speaking of our Race Officials, you may notice something a bit different from them in 2018: actual athlete interaction. New penalty assessment is here. Gone are the days of being surprised with 2 or 4-minute additions to your finish times. Now, should an Official experience a rule infraction, they will automatically communicate with the offender – who will subsequently be directed to a penalty tent placed beyond T2. Much like Ironman and ITU, athletes will serve time penalties while on-course. Once they cross the finish line, there are no modifications to timing – which alleviates many historic awards ceremony issues. Stay tuned for full details on the 2018 rules.

Accessibility
Our goal is to make triathlon more diverse and more appealing to the masses. That means we need to be prepared to offset typical barriers to entry, often educational, physical training or financially-focused.

As for education, we will continue to offer free programs in every market, from Tri101 webinars, to fully-immersive first-timers’ programs. We will also offer physical training options, from online training plans to complimentary swim clinics to comprehensive (fee-based) in-club coached sessions. Of course, we’ll continue to support Women For Tri, local Para Tri organizations, inner-city development programs, and others looking to expand triathlon’s reach.

We’re also excited about our new scholarship program. We get it – triathlons are not cheap! To support those in financial need, Life Time Tri is proud to introduce a unique program to ease the possible financial burden. Twelve race entries will be donated across each of our events. Learn more.

Indoor Triathlons return on January 21, 2018. This national event series is the ultimate promotional opportunity for our sport. Last year, more than 6,000 individuals (the majority with zero triathlon experience) participated in the 10-minute swim, 30-minute bike and 20-minute run events. At only $30 each, these are hot commodities (and each limited to 100 participants). Like our outdoor races, registration opens November 1. Details here.

By the way, the 2018 2XU New York City Triathlon returns to general entry this year. Gone is the lottery process, which started back in 2010. With 4,000 slots up for grabs, and now accessible to a first-come, first-served audience, this race will quickly sell out.

Convenience
Simply put, triathlon is anything but convenient. Tons of gear. Early mornings. Long waits. This sport can test anyone’s patience. Where we can, we’ll expand the model in place at the Chicago Triathlon, with flexible transition access, allowing for late check-ins or early check-outs.

In 2018, we will offer beginner-friendly starts at all races. During registration, participants will notice a new set of “race divisions,” where they select from either Competitive or Recreational groups. These new divisions (e.g. First-Timers, Friends + Family) will begin at separate times from the often intense, veteran triathletes. Allowing athletes to start with, and participate alongside, others of their choosing is long overdue. Further, some events will feature “Early Bird” or “Late Owl” start options – scheduled at the extreme ends of the day. Because these individuals are taken out of typical Age Groups, they are designated as Recreational athletes, thus not eligible for competitive awards. Capacities will vary by event.

Another convenience we’re incorporating into select event is race day Packet Pick Up. Available to the first 25 individuals at South Beach, CapTex, Minneapolis and Tempe (more races to come), athletes will be able to skip the Expo and check-in on race morning – a huge convenience for those with busy weekend plans, or those hoping to avoid hotels. A $25 convenience fee will apply.

The Fun Factor
If we’re not having fun, what’s the point?  We’re taking a stand, rolling-up our sleeves and mandating that everyone enjoy themselves while participating in our events! Sure, it’s OK to be (a bit) serious, but in the end, we want to see your smiling faces at the finish line. Staff and volunteers will be there to greet you, and to properly “knight” you with some new hardware. Through our partners at Athlinks, we’ll eventually be able to celebrate first-timer finishes and PRs, too – right in the finish chute!

Last week, we debuted the 4-person Mixed Relay competition in San Diego – to rave reviews! In the near future, we plan to unveil more experimental race formats like this, offering unique iterations of the classic swim-bike-run format. Chicago’s Triple Challenge will certainly return in 2018, as well as a new “Double” format in select markets.

Finally, it doesn’t get more exciting that the 2018 Life Time Tri Championship event, held within the 2018 2XU NYC Tri on July 1. We’re recognizing and rewarding the fastest athletes across the Life Time Tri Series with a blowout in NYC! Free biking shipping, a $50K prize purse and VIP access is only the beginning. Two qualifying races remain: South Beach (with expanded qualification standards [6-deep] due to Escape to Miami’s cancellation) and CapTex in Austin.

So, that’s our plan. We realize this is a lot, but it’s all necessary. Necessity stimulates innovation. Innovation leads to growth. Or so we hope.

Over the next 13 days, and forthcoming weeks and months, we’ll continue to deep dive into each of these innovative programs, philosophies and opportunities. Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 1 at noon when registration opens for all 2018 events.

Let’s do this!

Scott “Hootie” Hutmacher
Brand Manager, LIFE TIME Tri

Cruisin’ in the USA

 
I remember it like it was yesterday. I had never experienced such a sense of pure, ecstatic joy up until my 12th year of life when I received what would be a life changing gift: my first bike. As my hands shook, I did my best to delicately remove the red ribbon my mother had attached to the handlebars. I could barely see what I was doing through the tears welling up in my eyes. Having asked for nothing else for three whole Christmases, birthdays and heck, even national holidays (Labor Day sales always had the best selection), this light pink Schwinn Talula cruiser before me was the stuff of dreams.

Complete with a basket and bell, I could not wait to take it out and ride it into the sunset. Or, how it turns out, ride it around the block a couple of times before I had to change for church. Your first bike is a rite of passage. The possibilities and freedom that it allotted you as a young adolescent to explore the neighborhood and meet new friends; the independence it bestowed as you rode it to school. These are still the same sensations and attributes that cycling continues to provide even as adults.

Pedalin’ Prowess

In recent times, there has been a steady boom in the integration of cycling back into our daily lives. The boom is largely responsible for the new onslaught of bike sharing programs, commuting options and the reemergence certain sports, such as triathlon, to keep cycling in the mainstream. It is the flexibility and accessibility of these features, coupled with its environmentally friendly consumption and health benefits to its users that it continues to claim and revolutionize our cities today. In just Chicago alone, there are “200-plus miles of bike lanes and 13,000 bike racks…(With a plan to have) a total of 645 miles of lanes by 2020.” Below we look at some of the newcomers to the bike scene, the benefits to cycling and the importance of sharing the road.

Goin’ Green and Fightin’ Fit

The health benefits to cycling are numerous. The calorie burning from just an hour of riding a bike can be anywhere from 500 – 650 calories. It is great cross training for new swimmers as the intensity and range helps build your lounges and air intake. Riding a bike works on multiple muscle groups from your quadriceps to your calf muscles; helping to keep you on point, in one swift pedal, with leg day. The beauty of biking comes from your environment. We often get lost in our heads when running or lifting weights but biking keeps you present and keeps you energized as it allows you to take on challenges as they come: hills, crowded pathways, the open road. As we mentioned earlier, it helps with cross training from other sports such as swimming and running as it eases up the exertion placed on your arms and feet.

In cities like Miami, where public transportation is more of a hassle than a benefit, new bike lanes in the downtown area and public parks have allowed for a cleaner, more affordable option to get around. According to the National Household Travel Survey, “Americans older than 25 accounted for most of the increase in cycling…” Millennials seem to be the driving force behind the sustainability and fitness efforts behind the recent surge.”We are more aware of the pollution crisis and the affect our negligence will have on future generations. We are living through stronger storms and more volatile weather all due to global warming. If there is anything to be done, it needs to start now.” states Chelsea Walsh of Biscayne Bay. In an effort to combat our ever increasing air pollutants, many jobs have offered stipends or perks to those employees who commute to work. In addition, these new lanes and special parks are being built in once abandoned and derelict areas of the city that will be transformed with beautification projects that include gardens and compost areas.

Learning to Share the Road

While there has been a reemergence in the pastime, there are still dangers to contend with when out on the road. When bike sharing first emerged, there was a major outcry against programs such as Divvy and Citi bikes as many stated that it would flood the already brimming crowds of bustling cities.. Having to be aware of tourist pedestrian traffic while in your vehicle is one thing, but adding speed and inertia has led to countless accidents and hospitalizations. Whether the error lies on the cyclist or the vehicle varies in each situation but for the most part the fault is two-fold. Ride sharing benefits the city as an extension of tourism but riders are novices to the layout and without proper protection. They are more focused on finding where they’re going than to their immediate surroundings. At the same time, there are more experienced bikers who neglect the rules of the road and will swirl past traffic and stop lights to beat traffic.

Many vehicle drivers forget to share the road and will make lane changes or turns without being cognizant of our bikers. I know I’ve been the recipient of foul and imaginative slew of words when cutting off a fellow cyclist. Bike lane improvements have been proposed in many cities to add items such as buffers, plants and cement partitions to further protect both entities on the road. The latest study, published as a research letter Sept. 1 in JAMA, documents “a rise in cycling-related injuries and hospitalizations among adults from 1998 to 2013. Adjusted for age, reported injuries rose 28 percent, and resulting hospitalizations increased 120 percent. There was also an increase, to 56 percent from 40 percent, of accidents that occurred on streets.”

Safety First

Education plays a vital role if we want to make any progress in fully and efficiently integrating cycling into our daily lives. While the idea of buying a car without seat belts is bizarre, slow progress has been made in properly educating newcomers to keeping safe. Yasamin Sabeti, a local Chicago resident brings up a good point: “One of the things that scares me the most is seeing so many cyclists without helmets. It is the only protection you have between outside negligence and your brain. Not sure why this is still an option and not a requirement.” There are many gadgets out there today to keep you protected and safe; ranging from lights to side mirrors to reflective clothing. The industry is growing with the popularity rise, with many local bike stores seeing a surge in both attendance and sales.

The surge of sports such as triathlon and cycling have also helped to educate the populace by bringing the importance of safety to the forefront. Many events are certified by upper governing bodies such as USA Triathlon, who adhere to strict guidelines when competing in one of their events. Kids will see their favorite celebrities in protective gear and will follow suit. Many schools are hoping to implement videos and programs into their curriculum in an effort to bring light to the severity of negligence in the same manner that drunk driving videos have done to first time drivers.

In essence, there is much innovation coming forth from the cycling world and it is interesting to see how cities and their populace continue to integrate and grow with the surge. Whether you’re an active commuter or a novice unwrapping their first bike with shaking hands, there is no denying the many strides that have been made for our favorite pastime.

See below for links to amazing biking programs in a city near you!

Miami, FL

Chicago, IL

New York City, NY

Denver, CO

San Diego, CA

 

Works Cited
Brody, Jane. “Cycling 1o1 Needn’t Be Collision Course.” 21 Sept. 2015 https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/cycling-101-neednt-be-collision-course/

Running Out of Time

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect but actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey- stuff.”

For some of us, the end of August marks the beginning of packed lunches, after-school practice and class projects. With summer break hours coming to an end, the resurgence of the weekly calendar is more important than ever. Whether you are with or without kids, the annual school schedule affects us all. Even for the best of us, time management is daily work. From sun up to sun down, we do our best to pack our schedules with our daily activities, both personal and professional, in the hopes of staying on track and keeping a good balance. Yet, often times, we see ourselves running out of juice and wondering where the day went; wishing we had either more hours or more energy or quote frankly, both! Do you feel yourself losing grip of your schedule? Could it be that we are overcommitting our time?

Overcommitment & Self Care

When we find ourselves drowning in our workload, the first thing to be affected is often self-care. We push reading time for laundry time, gym time for making dinner time and so forth since items that pertain to personal enjoyment are always the first to go. We feel like we’re accommodating priorities without realizing that we are a priority. Eventually, pushing time to make up for these important tasks leads to less sleep at night, a bad mood the following morning and the beginning turns of a harmful cycle. Furthermore, as Veronica Arreola states for Experience Life, ” I was working hard to keep up,” she says. “But I wore myself out, got sick, and fell behind because of missed time from work. Too many of us pack our calendars full. We commit to more than we can handle, assuming that we’ll squeeze it all in somehow. Often, we ignore the consequences.”

Techno Woes

While the problem of over scheduling is not new to this generation, it is extrapolated by the technology we accolade with being “time saving” and “making life easier.” In our pockets and purses we hold a device that streams pure information within inches of your face, 24 hours a day, 7 days week. While in the past we could close our computers and leave the office, today we have email and calendar notifications that follows us out of the office and keeps us connected at all times. Not to mention the plethora of work environments which span countries and time zones alike where disconnecting is not a possibility. In addition, the constant connectivity makes it impossible to set boundaries and limits.

Time to Task Up

Like any problem we experience, the first step is admitting that one exists in the first place. The next step is to breaking down your day to spot where the over scheduling is occurring and working to do your best to break this addiction. According to the Experience Life article,  the three steps to doing so are acknowledging your limits, observing your patterns and clarifying the values that are your life worth living in the first place.

Set up a routine. Routines will help to give your daily schedule a base foundation to build on. These are items (walk the dog, pack lunches, go to the gym) that you know how long it will take to complete and which you know need to be completed every day. Doing this on a weekly basis will give you a better understanding on the amount of “free time” you truly have.

Build buffer zones. Avoid “cramming” things into your schedule for the sake of getting things done. This is the equivalent of making a to-do list of 40 items off the bat. You are setting yourself up for failure and at the same time adding anxiety to overall process. Pick 5 items at a time, on level of priority, that need to be completed and give yourself 15-30 minutes between them to refresh your mind. This allows yourself not only to wipe the slate clean for the following task but also allows you buffer room for unexpected emergencies.

Know when you work best. Especially in this day and age, we no longer find ourselves locked into a traditional 9-5 job. Let’s face it. This is not your grandparent’s world anymore. Some of us are single parents, some of us have two jobs, others have a day job and school at night. We must learn to focus on our time and energy and mold it to the most efficient caliber. Take a moment to step and back and analyze your routine. Figure out your personal schedule and when you work best. What time of the day you have the most energy and center your most pressing, time and mentally consuming tasks around that time.

Understand your limits. This is a tough one. We are the generation that avoids two trips to unload the groceries. We are driven to overcome barriers and obstacles. We are invincible, yes, but sometimes we need to head back down to the ground and face the reality of understanding our limits. Peer pressure plays a huge role in our decisions; the inability to say no to your boss or your best friend. We need to understand our limits. Introduce new tasks to your routine by doubling the estimated time you think it will take to complete. Repeat the task 2-3 times until you can determine the average time of completion and whether it fits into your routine. Most importantly, learn to say no. (Yes, Mom, I hear you loud and clear.) But she was right. The world will continue if you say no to an event or turn down an extra project you don’t have realistic time or energy to complete.

Whether you are a student, a professional  or an athlete, we can all use some extra help when it comes to time management. Use this week to take notes on your daily routines and strategize your best move forward. Create a foundation and levy tasks to the best of your ability. Take note on what works for you, what doesn’t, what needs to be approved. We are creatures of routine. It will get easier. You just have to start.

A.T.

Experience Life Team. Experience Life. “Back on Schedule.”https://experiencelife.com/article/back-on-schedule-2/”
Photo Credit: Doctor Who Series 8, Title Sequence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvX2-LHwYA4

Go with the Pro’s

Triathletes kick off from the pier into the Hudson to commence the swim leg of the event

 

With the 2017 2XU New York City Triathlon weekend just around the corner, we could not help but notice the messages and mutterings. We’d like to preface by stating how immensely proud we are of each and every one of our participants. Our athletes will be descending to the Big Apple from all over the United States and 15 different countries. But, if we are being completely honest, there’s a select group of individuals who bring a certain glean of awe-inspiring, static magic to the weekend.

Let’s face it, we were all glued to the swimming portion of the Olympics broadcast but there were a handful of athletes that really got our adrenaline pumping. These are individuals who push and transcend barriers of time and endurance to carve out new horizons for the potential of the human body.

 

Professional Athletes

We are proud to host a professional race at the New York City Triathlon! As in past years, the International distance race will remain “draft-free” and the pros will swim, bike and run on the same course as the Age Group athletes. The weekend offers a total of $30,000 in cash awards, and includes plenty of opportunities for self-promotion.

Equalizer Timing Format

The 2017 2XU New York City Triathlon will use an equalizer timing format for the pro field with the pro men chasing the pro women for a $3,000 cash prize.
Please Note: The time differential (from the female pro start to male pro start) will be announced later this week.

Pro Race Considerations
Full perks are listed below in more detail:

Total Pro Purse: $24,000 (F/M)           Equalizer Bonus: $3,000               Discipline Preems: $3,000 (F/M)
1stPlace: $6,000                                                                                            Fastest Swim Split: $500
2ndPlace: $4,000                                                                                           Fastest Bike: $500
3rdPlace: $2,000                                                                                            Fastest Run: $500

 

The 2017 2XU New York City Triathlon Pro’s List