The problem with crawling…
My laptop survived. My sanity, however, is on life support.
How’s your Monday back going? Mine is going well – lots and lots to do, but the Husband is home today, which is nice. It meant that I got to go the pool with DadHTP for a swim. We haven’t gone swimming together in a long, long time. I did 1,000 yards!
Swimming is always so deceiving. I’m a pretty solid swimmer, so even if it’s been weeks since I got into the pool, it always feels easy when I’m doing it. But two hours later, my muscles are SCREAMING. I can barely lift my arms – a big problem when you have a squirmy 17-pounder.
While swimming, I was thinking about something and really want your input, if possible! One of my big life goals is to do a Half Ironman. Now, I’ve got a decent about of sprint and Olympic triathlon experience, as well as half marathon running and metric century biking experience. Put all my races together, and a Half Ironman sounds feasible (it’s a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike, and a half marathon). But, obviously, doing one after another is a totally different animal. But, like I said, it’s definitely one of my big life goals. And I’ve been trying to figure out when to tackle this goal, exactly.
Like a lot of active parents, I’ve got to coordinate my race goals with pregnancy + childbirth + newbornness. If we have another kiddo, that’s at least a total of 15 months that I can’t run or bike (running + pregnancy don’t mix for me) or train at what I imagine to be a Half Ironman level (I’m baaaarely at the point with Henry’s sleep that I can even fathom training for a long distance running race). And I know it will be even harder to find time to train if I have two kids.
So if I don’t do it sooner rather than later, it might be pushed back for many, many years.
Here’s my question: I’d love to hear from other parents who successfully trained for a long race like a marathon or Half Ironman. How did you do it? And WHEN did you do it? How old were your kiddos? Any feedback or advice on combining endurance events and children?