Is training for an Oly tri and having a life possible?
How far is the commute to work?
mine is 22 miles each way, takes 45 mins in car, takes 70 mins on bike, I try and commute twice a week and 1 gets a 30 min run tagged onto it, but then I only swim once a week
I'm much the same as SA - ride to work is 30 miles, but tend to drive in one day with the bike, then cycle home and cycle back in the next morning. With traffice its only 30 mins longer on the bike - not too mention a dam site cheaper. Then 6 mile run at lunch time twice a week - only leaves me a couple of swims to fit into 'my' time.
Takes a bit of creative thinking and organisation.
Things will change when I step up to IM distnce next year, but its worth considering the training is only 6 months or so - losing some of my social life for a relatively short period of time will be worth it when I cross that finish line!
I have found your problem. You want to train and maintain a life.
Last week was a 13 1/2 hour training week for me. I managed to spend time with the family, and put in a good week at work. No social life though. I wonder how fast I could run if I spend the same time dedicated to running? Or whether could go sub 2hrs at Oly?
Good luck with whatever you do.
There are only so many hours in a day and it's up to you how you spend them.
I don't watch very much telly - so the hour or so I'd watch that in the evening is my training time. I also think it's important to go to bed early so that you can get up and train in the morning if you need to. It's a bit of a standing joke on here that there's a bunch of us who go to bed at 10pm. If I can be asleep by then, I can get 8 hrs sleep and still be up at 6am to train if needs be.
You have to have discipline too, so if you are going to sacrifie the Simpsons or EastEnders, make sure that's what you do, get home, get in, get changed and out again. Then you may find you have some time/space for other things after that. Similarly if you have family commitments, it means you may have to sacrifice your lie in at the weekend to ensure you are up and out the door by 7am. Then you have time for a 6hr bike ride and still have the afternoon to spend with the children.
There are ways and means, you just need to sit down and make a few notes and see what you can do from there.
Monday - swim pmTuesday - bike/run brickWednesday - rest (this suits me with my work pattern)Thursday - bike am/swim pmFriday - run amSaturday - long bikeSunday - swim am followed by long run
I prefer swimming in the morning but my local pool has closed for 6 months so I've had to rejig everything to come up with that and it's workable.
Meldy and FlatFooted work shifts - they may be able to give you some tips for that.
Like everyone says, it's not easy but if you want it then you fit it in and around. I'm lucky to only work three days a week but have three kids and a hubby to fit around. I still feel selfish though but tough. They are now use to me. I try and plan long sessions on my days off and at weekends I am up early and back by lunchtime as M.ouse said above but as I am upping the training then I will eat into some of that time. I train 4 nights a week too but do an early session to fit everything in I want to. The kids are use to me and everyone is relatively good at helping out.......they know I will be a nightmare If I don't get the training in that's needed.
Prioritise, do the earlies and fit around the family if there is one. I still have mine at the moment and hoping to hang onto them for a bit longer.
I work away from home so can train up to 3-4 hrs Mon, Tue and we'd night plus the od 30 to 60 min session oi those mornings ...
... So that up to 9-15hrs in those 3days & that's before I looke at the rest of the week on the training and hiking I do with my better half
Thanks folks for your help - I will have to think it all through - I think as this season will be my first - just getting round my first Oly distance rather than chasing a time.
MovingAlong - I think your idea of sitting down on a Sunday is a good one. As I get fitter and see how each week works I may be able to fit more in or make it fit better.
I do have a family of two monsters (Ohh and a wife!) so when I do get in from school I end up spending time with them and after 8pm it just feels so late to go out! The only part of my minimal social life I wanted to try and keep is my weekly tennis playing! Maybe that could count as running?
It is difficult to fit in, and some things have to give, and other things have to be adapted...so you won't have time to slump in front of the telly, but you could set up a turbo trainer in front of it and watch that way.
If it's the lack of a social life that worries you, have you thought about finding like minded people to train with? I have found that as training peaks, my tri buddies are the mainstay of my social life - meeting at the pool, long rides or runs together and so on. Worth considering.
Making a schedule is the way forward I think - planning ahead to make sure you can make the time for training. Good luck
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