A Day in the Life of Kayla Kobelin

Hey there! I am Kayla Kobelin. I am a 25-year-old pro triathlete living in Seattle, Wa. I want to take you through of a typical day for me—hour by hour! Last year I made the switch from working a corporate job working 40hours a week and training to focusing entirely on my triathlon career! As a first year pro I still have a lot to learn as well as fine tuning my schedule below:

7:30 AM: Wake up, eat a large breakfast! 

Typically includes waffles, sunflower butter, blueberries and eggs. I will usually drink a NUUN immunity with my cup of Coffee and review what’s on my training schedule for the day and plan my day accordingly.

8:30-10:30 AM: Workout #1

Pool workout. Typically I swim 5-6 days a week with a swim always as my first workout. This will usually be between 4,500 yards – 5,500 yards with NUUN Endurance sitting on the edge of the pool during sets. After this I love drinking a smoothie right after to make sure I am fueling for my next workout!

11:00- 11:30 AM: Sit in my compression boots, usually eating a large salad with some rice, reviewing my trainer ride that is coming up. 

12:00-3:00 PM: Workout #2

Trainer bike ride. Usually a few hours. I keep the time going by with my airpods. I don’t use any indoor cycling apps, as I feel creating an environment with minimal distractions will help me focus on my riding. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that during long races the only thing you have to entertain yourself is your own mind, so I practice this as well. A lot of NUUN and Honey Stinger waffles are usually consumed around this time of day!

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Nap and recovery time!

I am fortunate to be able to take a nap at least once a day. This is where I usually consume leftovers from last night’s dinner as well as a smoothie loaded with flax oil to help with getting more calories in.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Workout #3: Run

This can be anywhere from 40-90 minutes depending on the training block.

5:30-6:15PM: Workout #4: Strength

I absolutely love strength-training sessions! I have a home exercise room in my house that I do most of my weight training. Usually I will blast some hip hop and work on single leg exercises as well as PT exercises to keep my shoulders healthy for swimming.

6:45 PM: Dinner!

I am the first to admit I am no`t the best at making dinner. If it were up to me I would just make another smoothie. Luckily my boyfriend actually enjoys making dinner and am super grateful for him to cook most of the nights. I will even think about my next meal as motivation to get through my workouts! Usual dinner is a lot of carbs (pasta, potatoes, homemade pizzas,) and steak/beef/beans. Every night dinner is consumed with more NUUN and depending on my training the next day, a glass of red wine J.

8:00 PM: Bed time

My usual bedtime routine is to make popcorn on the stove and pour hot NUUN rest in my mug. I’ve been digging the Blackberry Vanilla lately. Set the alarm and repeat!


Things I can’t train without:

  • Airpods
  • Garmin Watch
  • NUUN Endurance Lemon Lime
  • NUUN Sport Tropical
  • Gummy bears. I am highly food motivated so I keep these stashed in my workouts bags

As you can see about 90% of my training is done by myself. Sometimes it can get lonely and when you don’t have someone who will hold you accountable it can be easy to make excuses. But some things that help me when I don’t want to do train is thinking about the feeling just after you finished a workout and how accomplished you feel. So even if you don’t want to workout, do it for the feeling you get after. It hasn’t disappointed me yet! Its also a good idea to ask the question “How bad do you want it?” and every single time I realize I want to feel as prepared as I can the next time I hit the starting line, therefore this workout needs to get done!

 I hope you enjoyed reading about my daily schedule! What are some things you can’t train without?

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