There’s only one word that will get me in the shape I want to be in for racing in triathlons and running half marathons.
Since moving to Colorado in June of 2011, I think I’ve transitioned pretty well back into what normal life looks like for me. I get asked all the time by my friends from Colorado and from Nashville… “Do you miss being in Franklin and Nashville?”
My answer is always mixed. There are some things I don’t miss… like the heat in the summer or walking into a starbucks filled with hipsters trying to look impressive. But there are other things I miss a lot. My friends are the biggest part of what I miss about living in Franklin. I miss being able to walk down main street whenever I want… but here’s one of the bigger parts I miss.
My consistent training schedule I had for triathlons and the community of triathletes to train with.
As a single guy living in Franklin, it was pretty easy to set a consistent schedule of training through out the week. Even when I traveled as much as I did, it wasn’t too difficult.
But now… life is different. I have an amazing family I love spending time with and it’s worth it to make them the priority in my life. Of course right? That’s the way family is supposed to be.
What my wife and I have noticed though is how difficult it has become to take care of our own bodies in the process. Getting the rest we need and getting into to our running shoes with our schedules has been tough lately.
We both firmly believe that in order to fully engage with our family, we need to make time to take care of our own health. I’ve mentioned this before in posts, but over the past couple of weeks, I’m seeing some things in me that I really have to get a grasp of.
So, I’m going back to a more structured schedule that won’t interfere much with family time and work time. It will be consistent and it will having me working a bit harder on my schedule…. But it can be done.
You see, right now I weigh 215lbs. I’m at the exact same weight now as I was when I did my first Ironman. The difference is during Ironman, I was a leaner 215lbs… more muscle less fat. Today… I can feel I have less muscle and a little more fat.
It feels like I have a couple of layers on like I’m bundling up for the winter and my goal is to be just below 200lbs by the end of June. I need to shed those winter layers…
It’s frustrating… especially for a guy who likes to be active and ready to go. I’m running faster than I ever have but I’ve taken time off from the pool to let me shoulder heal. Plus, you would think there would be a tight community of triathletes in Colorado Springs who train together, but I haven’t found them yet. I have a couple of triathlete friends, but not like the community in Nashville.
As I think about it all, I’ve stopped looking for the right plan or a quicker fix or a large community, because I know… at least for me… it comes down to following a consistent schedule I can manage on my own.
So in the season of my life, I’m trying to figure out… How do you stay consistent in your training when there is a family involved?
And that’s my question to those of you who workout and have families… especially those of you who are putting in long hours and long miles of training. How do you do it?
This inquiring mind wants to know…