Today we’re talking about that fine line we all walk between our training and racing, and our life. I’m sure that Cynthia and Miranda have more experience in this than I since they both have kids, which I am lacking in this equation.
But the fact remains, even without kids, life gets in the way sometimes. I work full time, often times more than 40 hours per week, I’m recently married to a wonderful man who’s work schedule is in constant flux which means I need to adjust my schedule often if I actually want to see his handsome face, and there’s that owning a home and a crazy dog, and planning our lives stuff too. All that stuff.
I mean, if you go back through a bunch of my weekly training posts, you’ll find not a single one of my weeks went 100% according the plan. I missed a workout here or there, shuffled them around to fit my ever changing schedule, lumped some together in order not to miss them, or changed up the length, intensity, whatever I needed to in order to make them work. Seriously, life happens. After all, many coaches will tell you it’s better to be 90% trained than 10% over trained.
I really think how you learn to balance your life and your training boils down a lot to personal aspects of your life and how your own world around you functions. For example, having my big A race in the earlier part of the season works out much better for me in terms of balancing life and training. During the school year hubby works nights and I’m in bed before he gets home. I go to bed about a hour or two earlier than nights when he’s home. Getting to sleep that much earlier means I can get up for my morning workouts easily. If I had a late summer or fall A race it would be much harder for me to get all my training in since hubs has shortened work schedule and is home before I go to bed. We stay up later together than I would have had I been home alone and therefore getting up at 5am is much harder. If I was still teaching and had summers off then this wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m not and I don’t so I have to plan accordingly to get all my workouts in during the summer months when I’m getting to bed later.
And remember, no one is a super man, super women, super anyone. Pinterest and all of it’s pretty links to lists and life hacks, and blogs about moms who put on the facade that yes, they do indeed do it all, well and smiling, is enough to make anyone feel inadequate. But life happens. Even just balancing life itself is tough sometimes. Then you throw in enough training hours to equal a part time job except no one’s paying you, and it’s enough to make your head spin.
But don’t let your head spin. Triathlon is supposed to be fun. And when it stops being fun, you have some serious reevaluating to do. Tri training is my zen, my me time, my head space of peace and calm and quiet.
Next week’s theme is the TAPER! Let the madness begin and let’s talk about the idea, the benefit, and all the crazy that comes along with it.