I was hesitant to sign up for the Long Course at Wildflower because I knew it would mean a big chunk of time each week out training. And it is. I’ll be building to about 12 hours a week over the next two months. But triathlon training is going really well, and I love it!
Now that I’m following a training program, each week is laid out pretty much the same way: Bike and swim double days on Tuesday and Thursday, runs on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and a brick (bike + run) on Saturday. Mondays are rest days. That’s made it pretty easy for Mike and me to sit down and make a weekly schedule of who is going to be working out when.
Balancing training with teaching is easier this year than its been before. Now that I’m in my third year, I have a slightly better sense of what I’m doing, and I hardly ever have to bring work home. Our department plans as a team, and I work with absolutely AMAZING veteran teachers who make this job (7 classes of 35, 2 grade levels) much easier.
As far as cooking goes, I’ve scaled WAY back on the time I spend prepping dinner. Instead, we get a ton of stuff ready on Sunday: wash all the fruit and vegetables, bake bread, cook dried grains and beans, and roast cubes of sweet potatoes and squash. It makes last-minute lunches and dinners possible without having to get takeout or make a mid-week store run.
Also, Mike is truly awesome. He does SO much around the house and with Ellie, and is completely supportive of my training. There’s no way I could do this without him.
A couple people have asked how I fit everything in, so here’s a glimpse at my Tuesday/Thursday schedule:
4:45 AM – Alarm goes off and I jump on the trainer for an hour and 15 minutes. This is when I watch the Bachelor on Hulu.
6:05 AM – Shower and get dressed
6:25 AM – I’m in the kitchen getting breakfast and lunch ready; Mike gets Ellie ready. Hopefully we can sit down for a minute and eat as a family, but it doesn’t always happen
7:05 AM – Out the door! I drop Mike off at the BART station, then drop Ellie off at daycare
7:35 AM – Arrive at work.
4:00-5:00 PM (depending on how much I need to do) – Leave work, pick up Ellie, head home
5:00-5:30 PM – Do some sort of food prep: chop vegetables, make salad dressing, etc. Feed Ellie, give her a bath, read books.
6:45 PM – Pick Mike up from the gym (he works out right after work), drop him off at home
7:10 PM – In the pool for about an hour. Mike puts Ellie to bed
8:20 PM – Home. I throw together something super quick for dinner, like a big grain-based salad, and we eat
9:00 PM – BED TIME!
Wednesdays and Fridays, depending on Mike’s plans, I either run early in the morning and then have the whole evening free to hang with Ellie; or I leave school around 3:45 and run for about an hour before picking Ellie up.
On weekends, group rides don’t start until 9 AM, so when I go to those, there’s a significant part of Saturday that Mike and Ellie hang out together. To keep more family time intact, I sometimes wake up at 5 AM so I can get my training done around the time Ellie is waking up. I’ve always been a morning person, fortunately!
Mike commented the other day that it seems like triathlon training makes me really happy, and it’s totally true. I’m having a blast working on all three sports, and I am way more excited about my workouts than I was while training for CIM. It’s not always easy to squeeze everything, in, but I feel like it’s all worth it for my sanity, and so Ellie can have a happy, healthy mom.