Here at GU, we don’t have a lot of advice on whether or not you should buy diamonds or new running shoes for your partner this Valentine’s Day, but we do know that committed athletes have to work extra-hard to make their relationships work.
In our “Relationships” episode, we uncover some great advice from athletes and experts who manage to find the time to train, race, and make time for their loved ones.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’m just too busy to fit my training in today,” you will come away with helpful insights on how to succeed in both your training and relationships.
First up is a conversation with a young, married, pro cyclist couple Jeff Kerkove (Customer Service and Marketing for Ergon) and Karen Jarchow (Marketing for Ergon). With their individual — and very different — training and racing schedules, it’s tough to imagine them having even a spare second for each other at the end of a long work day. But they do. Karen and Jeff are living proof that two pro athletes can still find time to train and cultivate a successful relationship. Next, we chat with a pro athlete, Emma Garrard — an XTERRA and running pro — and her husband Ian Hartley, on how they find time for each other in spite of their full time jobs and Emma’s racing career. Learn how the duo also find ways to make their kids a priority and an important part of Emma’s racing.
To conclude the episode, Yuri and Fatty talk with clinical and sport psychologist Dr. Joan Steidinger, the author of Sisterhood in Sports. Dr. Joan helps us get in the heads of competitive couples; she talks about the kind of support different athletes need, and how to create a checklist of questions you can ask one another to help nurture your own relationship.