Triathlon is hard. Finding time to train for triathlon is even harder.
Most people, like myself, are married and have kids and/or a full time job. Finding time to train for THREE different sports is a task in and of itself. However, when you add all the other things to the mix, it becomes even harder. We live some, oh, more than 2,000 miles from any family whatsoever; and, I will not leave my kids with a stranger so I can go workout. If my husband is gone for a business trip, then I make it work at home. What does this mean?
This means that we all need to stop making excuses. Buy an indoor bike trainer and set the kids up with a movie while you go on a one-three hour training session in the house. If you can’t afford a personal treadmill, buy a jogging stroller and take the kids with you. Of course, if the kids are older then you can just make them run with you (even if it’s a slower pace than you’re used to you’re teaching them about taking care of their bodies–a body that has been entrusted to them to take care of!). I know the swimming thing is a little harder to get around, but most communities have a pool. If that’s not an option, then swim another day…it won’t kill you to miss a day or two here and there.
What I’m ranting about here is to stop making excuses. I’m actually writing this for me at the current moment; I’ve been making excuses like nobody’s business here the past few days. And, what will I get out of excuses? Nothing. So today I’m going to ride my bike trainer indoors, and listen to my kids goofing off in the background. It may not always be the ideal situation, but it works. That’s what balancing life looks like…and it is still just as rewarding in the end.