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Adjusting Training Schedule

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Well, it's officially summer and I've got four wonderful kiddies to keep entertained (or at least keep from killing each other) until school resumes in the fall. I didn't sign them up for a bunch of camps this summer partly due to economics and partly out of my Tri Training Schedule. Signing four kids up for various camps around town is a major undertaking. It can be a logistic nightmare when two kids have to be on two different sides of town at the same time. You hate being the mom who asks "Can I drop him/her off 15 minutes early?" or the mom who's chronically late every day because you're racing from one end of town to the other. Not fun! My oldest daughter is participating in a 3 week camp at a local university. It's her third year participating and she LOVES it. It's less than $100.00 for the 3 weeks. Camp is from 9 AM until 3:00 PM and they feed them lunch on campus...can't beat that. The boys did one week long basketball camp close buy and the baby did a princess camp at a local church. All together we spent less than $250.00 for all three camps for four kids! Not bad.

Needless to say, camp prices went way up this year and ironically, I'm still getting emails from the local Parks & Rec Dept as well as every major church in my area about camp openings still being available. In years past, these programs were sold out within days so I have a feeling there are a lot of people not putting their kids in camp this year (unless they're the all day camps for working parents). I worked out several regular play date swaps for all four of the kids so that they can get a change of scenery and get to see their friends through the summer. It's been working very well!!

I started my Triathlon training about 3 weeks ago and it's going very very well. I have been swimming Thursdays and Sundays for one hour each week with the Tri Training Group, but really need to find time go get out and practice on my own. My training schedule is cram packed as it is so squeezing in additional training is going to be tough. As it is I really don't have a "scheduled" day off, but my mentor suggested Monday's since the Tri Training group has so many clinics/activities on the weekends. She also suggested that I run only 2 days a week so taking Monday off would make perfect sense, except for the fact that I'd be omitting P90X on Mondays. Sigh.

In an attempt to lighten my schedule, I have omitted my private swim lessons. I actually dreaded going as it really seemed to disrupt my evenings with the family. Finding time to get dinner done was a pain in the patoot, plus it wasn't cheap! LOL I've tweaked my schedule because I felt I was leaving the kids home too much and really felt like the summer was getting away from me. When everyone was in school I had 9:00 - 3:00 to myself, but hadn't made any adjustments now that they were home for summer break. On the days I was going to the gym, I wasn't getting home until just before 11:00 AM. While I only have one early riser, it just made for a late start to our day by the time I got a shower and got dressed it was lunchtime!

So I made additional changes to my schedule to ensure that I still got to spend as much time with the kids as possible. Mondays and Fridays I'm done working out by 8:30 AM at the latest so that I can take the kids to the pool when it opens at 10 AM. Additionally, I've decided that I'll take an evening Spinning class on Tuesdays so that I can take the kids to the "free movies" on Tuesday mornings. So, I'm only at the gym on Wed and Thurs from 9 AM until 10:30-ish AM. Wednesdays and Thursdays we swap play dates with friends, go to the Children's Museum, Bowling, or do a craft at home, etc. Saturday mornings I'm still doing my Brick Training at 6:00 AM (9 mi bike + 2 mi run) and am home by 8:30 AM. This week we road/ran the actual Charlotte course. Let's just say, I need to do some hill work...whew, it was tough. Then, Sundays I do another Swim Clinic with the group. The swim clinics are all about 30 minutes away so I'm spending just as much time in the car as I am in the water, but I'm learning a lot and have actually amazed myself with how much progress I've made in just 3 weeks. Thursday I actually swam from the shallow end to the deep end and back again! It wasn't al freestyle, but it wasn't the doggy paddle. LOL

The really great news is that I've decided to run the Charlotte Tri as well as the Winston-Salem Tri. I've got a mere 6 weeks until the Winston-Salem race so I really need to focus on my swimming. Call me crazy 2 Tri's in 2 months...I'm excited!!

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    (look at you, girl! you are looking good and staying on top of things - i am so proud of you!)
    4317 days ago
    Lizzie: I'm super aware of not overdoing it. That's why the change in the schedule. I'm training smart not super hard as I don't want to risk injury before the races. I am having so much fun learning, growing and meeting new people on this journey that it really blows my mind. My swimming is coming along much faster than I anticipated, running has gotten a lot easier that it has ever been (I'm sure directly due to my spinning) and after nearly 30 years of not even considering riding a bike, I'm out there on the open road peddling like the wind! Fun, fun, fun!! Thanks girl!
    4318 days ago
    Heidi - you sound like a human dynamo! Just don't overdo and get hurt! Hope you and your kids and hubby have a wonderful summer! Have fun, Lizzie
    4319 days ago
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