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What is the true secret to achieving the ever-elusive work-workout-family balance?

LisbethKenyononErgIt’s not about being superhuman. It’s not about squeezing every second out of every day. It’s about being realistic and honest with yourself. I mean really, deadly honest.

When I had my kids, it was a 7-year-period that I actually stepped back from the sport. I couldn’t do it all–well. You have to ask yourself: “What takes precedence in my life?” Achieving balance means having the courage to say “no” to things, not thinking you can “do it all.” If you want to achieve balance, and excel, you must give up something. When you do that, it works out. When I became a new mom, I just maintained my fitness. When the time was right, I came back to competitive racing. Also a note on efficiency, because this relates: most people train waaay too much. Stop that. Get a good coach, who can minimize those sessions that don’t optimize you. Nail the stuff that matters. Don’t waste time. And integrate! For example, if you have 20 minutes of down time, hop on your Vasa Erg. Find the pauses in life and make the most of them. ~Lisbeth Kenyon

Lisbeth Kenyon is a long-time user of the Vasa Swim Ergometer and four-time Kona Ironman Age Group winner. Her most recent win in 2013 was done in an impressive 10:03:26 at age 48.