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How many hours of sleep does an elite athlete get?

An elite athlete that is with a full-time 9-5 job and with a family. I want to try and train for a triathlon, but I'm concerned that with a full time job, boyfriend, friends and family, I have to either cut into my social time or cut into my sleep time. What is optimal sleep time in order for the body to regenerate itself? Thank you.

Asked By: taephi - 8/22/2007
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If you are training for a short distance triathlon, your sleep and social life will see very little change. If you are looking at doing an Ironman, your life changes drasticly. Gale Bernhardt, former Olympic Coach has a great book called Endurance Training for Time Constrained Athletes. It is a good source, but only... More
Answered By: B P - 8/26/2007
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An elite athlete, who is working out strenuously, needs to try and get a minimum of 7-8 hours, but I know people who survive on much less and do fine (with the help of a little caffeine). During sleep is when our bodies are able to rest, recover and rebuild the muscles we've broken down during the day. The key to... More
Answered By: caleb.guest - 8/23/2007
 
more questions need to be answered. how long the triathlon how much time till the triathlon what is the level of your training today certainly training will come from some amount of time already spent doing other things. question is from what and how much.
Answered By: david k - 8/24/2007
 
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