People often ask how I fit my training in around family life. Firstly, I have an amazing support network around me; my mum and mum in law both look after the boys and I couldn’t do the training I do without them. Secondly, Mark is fantastic at finding opportunities to train- there’s a reason he works in logistics!
I would say I often don’t train enough for the events I do but I can always ‘get round’. I could train a lot harder and be quicker but then I would be sacrificing more family time so, for me, it is finding a balance and making sure I ENJOY the training I do. When I was training for the Channel in 2014 I would often start a 4,5 or 6 hour swim and then get out after 1 hour-not because it was too hard but because I didn’t WANT to be there (Marcus Wadsworth of Durley Sea Swimmers will back this up :-)). I didn’t beat myself up about it and took confidence in my mental and physical ability to ‘knuckle down’ in the actual event. I wouldn’t recommend not completing a training swim like that every time but there are times when it is okay to stop and it is okay if training doesn’t always go to plan.
This leads me onto my future training ‘plan’. I admit, I’ve never followed a tight training schedule and I don’t think this year will be too much different. Mark has helped me come up with some milestone distances so that I know what I’m working towards and I will continue to try and swim, run and cycle each week.
January has been spent getting some fitness back and I’m really happy with how I’m feeling. Just to give you a little outline of what I have been doing on an average week:
Monday: Wattbike 20-30 mins(whilst Bodi naps)
Tuesday: Run approx 30 mins(Usually in the evening when Mark get’s home from work or in the day if I have childcare.)
Wednesday Evening: Tri Surrey run(40 mins) then swim(1hour)
Thursday: Wattbike(whilst Bodi naps)
Saturday: parkrun or similar (Myself and Mark are going to alternate taking Indie to rugbytots so the other can run)
When I get my confidence on the bike up I may consider doing the Addiscombe cycling( www.addiscombe.org/ )club run.
Sunday: Bike ride.
Striders( www.stridersofcroydon.org.uk/ ) running club also go out on a Sunday morning so this is also a possibility as the mileage increases.
My training for this year will involve getting fit enough to hit the following targets:
February – 1 x 20 mile ride and 1 x 30 mile ride
March – 1 x 40 mile ride and 1 x 50 mile ride
April – 1 x 60 mile ride and 1 x 70 mile ride
May – 1 x 80 mile ride and 1 x 90 mile ride
June – 1 x 100 mile ride and 1 x 112 mile ride
July – 1 x 112 mile and race
And other training:
March – Half Ironman over 3 days
April – half Ironman same day with rest in between
May – Ironman over 3 days
June – Ironman over 2 days
I believe training should be organic and not too rigid- rest when you need rest and hammer it when you feel good :-))