I’ve been thinking about the choices I make this week. It started last Saturday when I slept quite a bit of the day away, something I once did every weekend. I was pretty tired but I am still not sure why I was craving that much sleep. I was up briefly to feed the cat and myself, and then decided to sleep a short while longer. The phone rang around 3:30 in the afternoon… At that point I could have just decided the day was a waste and written off anything I had planned, let alone a workout. But I packed up my tri bike and gear and headed out to ride. That day I rode 30 miles, averaging around 17-18 mph. It was a great ride and I was very glad the phone rang to wake me up and that I made the choice to ride instead of go back to sleep or just sit around.
Yesterday my triathlete friend, Shawna Block, posted an entry called “No, I don’t want to come out and play.” She nailed what I have been thinking lately, especially in relation to some comments I have received regarding training (Can’t you do that some other time? Well, no.) If I need a long ride then I usually have to do it on the weekend. I don’t like riding by myself if I have a choice but I will. Lately I have trekked to Oak Mountain to ride because there are hills and even if I am by myself there are so many cyclists in the park that I am never really riding alone. That means at least an hour drive each way though plus the time I set up my bike, ride, and repack my car. In other words, it is a whole day.
Shawna makes several good points about training and scheduling. Last week I trained around 10 hours. Training takes a lot of time, but it is not just the training part – it’s the getting ready and then all the things you need to do after. (This reminds me that I really need to clean my bike.) As most of you know, I cook for the week on Sunday night. I also prep for the next day the night before. That includes packing my lunch and food for the day, packing my gear for training, and if I am riding getting my bike in the car. If I am training after work I have to think about anything I need for hydration or fuel, depending on what I am doing and how long the workout will be With the exception of my lunch, everything gets put in the car the night before so I am ready to go in the morning. I get up at 5 am which means I really should be sleeping right now. Generally I am in the pool or at the gym by 6 am except on Thursday when I have Rotary in the morning.
There was a fair amount of discussion generated by Shawna’s post and some of it had to do with balance. I think both of us understand balance in life. I have other things in my life besides work and training even if it doesn’t seem like it. Still the races that I have on my calendar for the year and training for them are one of my priorities right now. I am picky about who or what gets the spare time I have left because I don’t have time to waste right now. As Shawna also said, scheduling is a key component.
I’ve thought about how long I will participate in races. I’m really not sure. With the addition of the mountain bike, I am considering Xterra races for next year so something will need to shift. Time will tell what shifts and how I juggle time and my life. Stayed tuned.