Triathlon problems—> I feel like the universe is working against me this week, at least when it comes to fitting in my workouts. The biggest problem has been kiddo sleep and, actually, as I write this post at the ass crack of dawn, I keep interrupting myself to silently walk Henry back into his bedroom. Regardless of the time Iâ€™ve put him to bed, heâ€™s been waking up paiiiiinfully early.
So early, in fact, that â€œbefore the kids wakeupâ€ workouts have been impossible to coordinate, as has anything besides â€œrun downstairs and slam coffee ASAP.â€ And so early that he falls apart by 4 PM, which is when the gym childcare re-opens for the evening. He was so exhausted yesterday afternoon that I couldnâ€™t convince him to leave the house or even sit in the stroller for a jog!
I felt bad for him, but I felt worse for me. Hah. I actually tried, â€œHenry, I have to swim 1500 meters, bike 28 miles, and run a 10K in two weeks â€“ work with me, pal!â€ No dice. Kiddos come first, but seriously â€“ this is killing me. I do believe that I have a decent enough strength and endurance base to pull this race out of me come August 9 butâ€¦ it might be ugly. Really ugly.
The weather has been working against me, too â€“ a huge rainstorm that closed the pool RIGHT when I was about to leave to swim laps. Hmmph.
And, of course, painfully early wakeups mean that Iâ€™m pretty bleary-eyed and mostly surviving on an intake of dark-brewed coffee. I know what I need to do â€“ ride out Henryâ€™s weird sleep fluctuation by going to bed early myself and doing my workouts at the extreme crack ass of dawn, butâ€¦ I just canâ€™t pull myself together for it.
I did manage to do one really short run this week. It was 2.2 miles, but I did speedwork at the same time. This was a big scheduling feat, so I was pretty proud.
And although I havenâ€™t had time to pound the pavement, I did make a big decision for my triathlon â€“ Iâ€™m going to wear a wetsuit in the swim! I have only worn a wetsuit during one other race, and I usually shun the idea of a wetsuit, so this is a big deal for me.
I decided to wear one because I think Iâ€™ll appreciate the added buoyancy during the race â€“ Iâ€™ve heard wetsuits can cut time by about 10% or so.
And last, but not least, I have scheduled a big workout for Saturday morning. Iâ€™m doing an open water swim followed by a bike, and Iâ€™m aiming for 1500 meters (race distance) and about 15 miles or so. Getting it on the calendar has been a bit of a challenge, but I know I need open water experience before this event, andâ€¦ heckâ€¦ I know I wonâ€™t have any trouble whatsoever waking up early to make the event. Henry will be pounding on my door at 5:15!
What part of your life makes it hard to get to the gym? Kids, work, school? What solutions do you have? For a few weeks there, writing my workouts down in my calendar was really helping me coordinate gym time with kids and work. I need to get my family back into a decent rhythm STAT!