Nicolette Griffieon – a great balancing act
15 January 2016
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Brad Brown: Great things start here, great things start now, welcome back to Old Mutual Live, it’s good to have you with us. It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome our next guest. She’s been on before and it’s really great to catch up once again. Nicolette Griffieon welcome onto Old Mutual Live, thanks for chatting to us again today.
Nicolette Griffieon: Hi Brad, thanks very much for having me on the show.
BB: Nicolette, the last time we spoke I mentioned that you do lots of things. You don’t just mountain bike, but you’re into multi-sport; you do adventure racing, obstacle races, those sorts of things. I wanted to find out, how you balance it all. I think for many of us who just partake in one sport, we struggle to get the work/life training balance right, how do you do it? Obviously it’s part of your life and you love doing it, so you make time for things that you love, but do you find that sometimes it’s a bit of a stretch trying to get everything in that you’re trying to get in?
How I balance them all
NG: It’s definitely challenging to fit in more than one discipline; but I swim, cycle and run. So my main focus this year has been running and then where I can, I’ll fit in cycle and swim. I try to swim three times a week, just to maintain my fitness. Then I actually give two spinning classes a week, which I find really helps. A lot of people say spinning on the bike, indoor training is not good. It’s not the same as riding on the road or outside, but it definitely has a place, I think.
BB: I agree with you 100%, just from a work perspective, it’s difficult to get out in the week. I try and put in two or three spinning classes a week and as much as it’s not being out on the road or out on the trails, it definitely does help. If that’s all you can do, I guess it’s better than nothing.
Train according to your strengthens and weaknesses
As far as focusing on one of the disciplines more than the others, would you suggest someone do that? Often people who are into multi-sport and whether it be Xterra or if they go into triathlon, they try and do as much as they can for each one of the disciplines. Would you suggest, pick one, focus on that and then the other stuff that you do, you just try and fit in around that one discipline?
NG: I think it really depends on your strength and weaknesses. For me, my running has improved a lot this year and now going towards Xterra in January, I don’t really need to focus on my running. So I’m going to do a bit more biking and I’m going to really focus on my swimming because I know that’s my weak point. I think establish a good base for all three and then put in extra time to your weaker points coming closer towards the race.
It helps to plan your week
BB: As far as getting the work/life/training balance right, do you sit every week and go, okay, this is what my week looks like from a work perspective. This is where I’m going to have time to train. Are you that sort of deliberate about it or is it a case of, we see what happens tomorrow and see what training session we can fit in on that day?
NG: I try to plan my week ahead because if you try and decide on the day what the training is going to be, I find it often doesn’t happen. So it’s better to have a bit of a plan, know what you’re going to do for the week. Know what your goals are, even if you don’t manage to achieve everything. You’ll probably get more in than if you just take it as it comes.
BB: You mentioned Xterra in January, some of your other multi-sport goals for the New Year, you only ride mountain bike, but obviously all off road sort of stuff?
NG: Ja, I’m going to focus on Xterra, there’s a new event in PE, so it will be Buffelspoort, PE and then the National Xterra at Grabouw. So my December training will be focused on those three races. Then after that, I’ll probably get more into trail running again for longer stuff. At some point I’d like to do 70.3 and the maybe 2017 I’ll look at doing Ironman.
BB: Fantastic. Nicolette, thank you so much for your time once again here on Old Mutual Live, much appreciated, we look forward to seeing you out on the trails and all the best for 2016.
NG: Thank you very much Brad, nice to chat.