I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about the best training schedules and methods to prepare for my first triathlon. Most people have their own opinions on the best ways to accomplish this type of goal, but they all have one thing in common. That is: make time. Whether you have already been working out regularly, or haven’t seen a gym in decades, make it a priority. In the words of Sally Edwards, Ironman competitor…
“Set aside a certain time of day,
3-6 days per week, and call that an appointment.
An appointment with your workout.
It is just as important as an appointment
with your banker, doctor or hair stylist”.
I love the ideology behind this statement. I just wish I had time to make appointments with my banker, doctor and hair stylist as it is. Oh my god, who am I kidding, I don’t even have a hair stylist, nor do I remember the last time I even had a trim. My point is, I still need to do a lot more research in my own personal life. How is a mom, who works full-time, with a husband who also works full-time, expected to treat working out with the same importance as going to the bank, doctor, or a hair appointment. I purposely avoid the bank unless they have a drive-thru, because really, who in their right mind wants to take an 18 month old into a quiet bank? Going to the doctor typically requires me taking time off work because I’m sick, or because it’s one of Lilly’s check ups and I am usually scheduled to work during the normal doctor office hours. And treating it like an appointment with my hair stylist?! Once again people, come on! What hair stylist??? It’s kind of eye opening to think that if I can’t even find time to fit in a quick hair cut, how the eff am I supposed to fit an “appointment” like that in, 3-6 times weekly? Scary…
Having the fitness facility here in my building has been ultra convenient, as I’ve been able to go at night after work, because Dan is home and able to stay up here with Lilly. However now that I’m about to seriously amp up this whole work out thing, I’m going to need a lot more flexibility, and more options and times to work out, besides just at midnight. I think I’ll look into a large chain type gym. You know, like a LA Fitness or something. Most of them have indoor pools, as well as bikes, and treadmills obviously. I think some are also equip with day care centers. I’ve never sent Lilly to a day care of any kind, but I think she’s about to get her first dose of one real soon!
Have any of you attempted a triathlon? What worked best for you, training-wise? Are you a busy mom like me, trying to figure out how the hell to make it happen? Let me know! Talk amongst yourselves ;)