Man in the Box

We have all been there. Us “normal” triathletes. Balancing work, family, relationships, training, and all of the things that pop up in our lives. It becomes over whelming at times.
It’s interesting to see the different perspectives on how we have learned to deal with it as a group. Many of us have kids and family obligations. Some of us are doctors who have to be in constant contact with patients. ALL of us work, with varying degrees of responsibility. But through it all we manage to get in our long bike, our long run, our open water swims, even if we have worked ten hours or have a homework assignment our kid forgot about until the night before.
I will admit though, that at times if feels like it is closing in on me; all of the outside influences. Even though I view this endeavor (or hobby as some like to refer to it) as an escape from the pressures and obligations, there are days when the escape itself feels like an obligation. Much like life itself, there are others depending on me as much in training as at work. They are relying on me to be there when I am supposed to be there, to be ready to go once I am there, and to accept coaching as well as motivate them. The one or two that train with me all of time have come to understand my roller coaster emotions (yes…I freely admit that I can be a pain in the ass at times), but others are not used to me, so when I am with the larger group I have to put on the game face no matter how I am feeling and “ride it out”. 
A fellow tri’er, and blogger, KC made a comment on a recent post on daily mile after I had posted how great my last 5k pub run had gone. She stated “go back in time and write down every thing you did that day”. When I started doing just that it became clear that the one thing I had done different then every other week was that I had not gone to work. Hmmm. 
Thinking back to last season, when I had first started this “health thing” and making huge strides, I was unemployed through most of the season. I could train when I wanted to, and when we trained at night I was well rested. Obviously this is not an option in real life, but what a great thing that would be, to be able to train and live how you want without the pressure of bills, of family issues, of office politics, creeping in and messing with the mojo.
Of course people do this every day don’t they? There are more of us than there are of the pro’s, that get sponsors and training is their work. I know people here locally (KC) and others in locations around the country (Summer, Leah, Dale, et. al.) that work and train just fine (except that KC and Summer are without kids so that’s on less thing they don’t have to concern themselves with … yet). They get night rides in every day, long 60 mile bike rides in on the weekend. I must be doing something wrong, or I am just using this as an excuse. 
I will say this, I miss training when I don’t do it. As I am writing this I know that tomorrow is Easter Sunday and I will not be training. I know that, on one hand, I need a day off now and then, and I got some seriously good training in today (Swim in ocean, 6.2 mile run, and 25 mile bike), but on the other I am going to be thinking all day tomorrow that I am not doing enough to prepare myself for these upcoming races (St. Anthony’s and Florida Half Ironman). I am going to try to run tomorrow if I can just so I know I did something. It will make me feel better.
And isn’t that what all of this is for?

3 thoughts on “Man in the Box

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  • April 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    No I understand that completely. I get the same way, which is why I take so few vacations (even when I do it's usually just a day or two). I got bored yesterday and it was only a DAY. I know I would get stir crazy. The training last year actually helped me stay sane.

  • April 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    In 2004 when my husband and I sold our personal training business, we took a year off to just do whatever we wanted. At that time, I was thinking about how awesome it was going to be to be able to train all day, nap, do all the things I said I was going to do but couldn't because of my work schedule, which by the way was 6 days a week starting at 5am. After about 3 months of training until my heart was content, I became really bored. I realized that I couldn't train all day; it just wasn't realistic. There was no balance in my life. I also realized that when I had all the time in the day, I didn't get as much done b/c I had all the time in the day, so there was no sense of urgency, no deadline to work for. This still happens to me when I take a few days off from work. The first day off, I'm all gung ho and accomplish lots, the next day and the next, not so much. I think when you have all the time in the world, you don't really get as much done as you think you will. It makes you lazy. I am so much more efficient and I get more done when I have to plan around work, family, chores, etc …sounds backwards, right?

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