Morning! How goes it? The heat wave in Charlotte continues (we reached 99 degrees yesterday) and it feels like I spend my days running from one air conditioned space to another. Canâ€™t stay outside too long!
In fact, I didnâ€™t even try to go outside for my swim. I did 1250 yards in the indoor pool and was thankful that my back wasnâ€™t being roasted. Iâ€™ve been really good about sunscreen this summer but my skin is still getting so tan. The older I get, the more concerned I am with the effects of sun damage, but itâ€™s so hard to not end up red with all my outdoor workouts. I need to buy an adult-sized rashguard like my kiddies wear to the pool!
Speaking of workoutsâ€¦
While I was swimming laps yesterday, I was thinking about training for this Olympic triathlon. Itâ€™s in a month and a half or so, and I already know that no matter what I do between now and then, Iâ€™m going to be undertrained. Iâ€™m trying reeeeeally hard to make it up, but I keep running into scheduling issues.
I work part-time, run the house, and take care of two littles all day â€“ itâ€™s harder than youâ€™d think for me to find a solid hour or hour and a half each day to dedicate to training. Heck, it was occasionally challenging to find the time before I had children, so Iâ€™m not sure why I find this time crunch surprising now. Perhaps if Claire was older, it would be easier, but I struggle to coordinate long workout sessions with her naps. I also experience bad Mom Guilt (which I am normally great at avoiding) if I put Henry in gym childcare after heâ€™s already spent half the day at campâ€¦ Ugh.
I really, really believe in parents finding time for themselves, even when their kids are young, but the bottom line is that, I canâ€™t find ENOUGH â€œme timeâ€ to really make this training work. Itâ€™s such a time suck, and thereâ€™s a million other things that I have to do. One of the things that I normally love about triathlons is splitting my workouts between the three sports, but that aspects of training is killing me this time around â€“ especially when it comes to cycling outdoors, which feels impossible to coordinate with the kids and my husbandâ€™s work schedule.
I know that Claire is still so young (and, truthfully, Iâ€™m still sooooo tired). I did similar length races when Henry was a baby, but with two children â€“ it feels really impossible for me! I really love sprints, and part of me thinks that I shouldâ€™ve stuck with that length this summer! Live and learn, right?
Anyway, I hope I can survive the upcoming Olympic. Iâ€™m not willing to back out. There isnâ€™t a shorter distance that I can drop down to, and itâ€™s part of a fun girlfriend getaway for me and training buddy Brandi. But I suspect the actual race wonâ€™t be pretty, which is a little disappointing, as I had it in my head that I was going to try to beat my course record from 2011. Guess Iâ€™ll just have to do what I can until then and pray really, really hard on race morning that it all comes together!
Speaking of races, I finally updated my Race Recap page. 63 recaps â€“ thatâ€™s a lot of races!
If youâ€™re time-crunched and race, whatâ€™s the longest distance you can comfortably make room in your schedule for? Have you ever committed to a race and really struggled to find the time to train? I felt a similar way when I did my Half Ironman before Henry turned one, and Iâ€™ve long said that I wonâ€™t do another 70.3 until my kids are teenagers (if ever!).