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. Can’t stay outside too long!
In fact, I didn’t even try to go outside for my swim. I did 1250 yards in the indoor pool and was thankful that my back wasn’t being roasted. I’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 it’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 workouts…
While I was swimming laps yesterday, I was thinking about training for this Olympic triathlon. It’s in a month and a half or so, and I already know that no matter what I do between now and then, I’m going to be undertrained. I’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 – it’s harder than you’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 I’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 he’s already spent half the day at camp… Ugh.
I really, really believe in parents finding time for themselves, even when their kids are young, but the bottom line is that, I can’t find ENOUGH “me time” to really make this training work. It’s such a time suck, and there’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 – especially when it comes to cycling outdoors, which feels impossible to coordinate with the kids and my husband’s work schedule.
I know that Claire is still so young (and, truthfully, I’m still sooooo tired). I did similar length races when Henry was a baby, but with two children – it feels really impossible for me! I really love sprints, and part of me thinks that I should’ve stuck with that length this summer! Live and learn, right?
Anyway, I hope I can survive the upcoming Olympic. I’m not willing to back out. There isn’t a shorter distance that I can drop down to, and it’s part of a fun girlfriend getaway for me and training buddy Brandi. But I suspect the actual race won’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 I’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 – that’s a lot of races!
If you’re time-crunched and race, what’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 I’ve long said that I won’t do another 70.3 until my kids are teenagers (if ever!).