Thursday, April 5, 2012

I Can Do This!!

I'm sick of complaining.
Yes, I have a stress fracture.
NO, it is not the end of the world.
Yes, I am living 2,000 miles from all my friends and family.
Yes, this greatly limits my kid-free time, which limits my training opportunities.
No, this doesn't mean I can't train.
Yes, my family and I have a lot going on.
NO, this does not mean I can not be a good mom, wife, house cleaner, cook, taxi driver AND still train for a big race.

It just means I need to be organized.  This does not come easy to me.  I am a scatterbrain.  It is possible I have ADD.  It is difficult for me to complete a task.  I start to unload the dishwasher, get half way finished, throw in a load of laundry, forget to add soap, go back to the dishwasher, forget that I didn't finish unloading it, and load it with dirty dishes.

In my experience, most triathletes are organized.  It is hard to train for 3 sports and be a scatterbrain.  But I have a plan.  Not sure if you've picked up on this yet, but I always have a plan.  I am the queen of making plans.  Then I lose the paper I wrote the plan on and I'm back to square one.  SO, the first part of the plan is to put the plan somewhere so I don't lose it.

The rest of the plan goes something like this.

  • Train for the 70.3 (minus the run for a few weeks)
  • Keep up with all my family obligations
  • IF I can do this for a couple months (and my shin is ok), sign up for Lake Stevens (praying it is not sold out)
I have yet to discuss this plan with Brian.  If he can skate, and has a somewhat clean house, and some sort of dinner to come home to, he will be ok.

SO, my main problem is figure out how to do it all.  Here's what I've come up with:
  • Get out of bed earlier-I can either train or get house work done, while the kids are sleeping
  • Stop wasting time. I'm talking to you, Facebook, Pinterest, Beginner Triathlete....
  • Write down my plan for the day, the night before (put it somewhere safe)
  • Plan meals and keep the freezer stocked with ready to go meals
If you have any suggestions I would LOVE to hear them.  

1 comment:

  1. I started swimming before work last summer. It is so much more efficient for me to do that. It took about 2 months to get fully adjusted to the earlier wake up time but I am still doing it.

    Sunday evening I look at the upcoming week & plan my schedule. I try to leave a free spot or two just in case something comes up during the week & I need to move a workout. I review the next days plan every evening & pack my workout bag before I go to bed. I use Gmail so everything goes on Google calendar. I can access the calendar from virtually anywhere.

    And while you are at the pool add some water jogging to your workout (only if you have a deep end in your pool). That will help you keep your running fitness while recovering.

    BTW - nope didn't win my bracket. The website said I was in the 98th percentile but I still came in 4th in our group! Of course I live in Lexington so everyone picked UK to win but still it was a tough group.

    Good luck!!