I can’t get up early anymore. I have to, but it’s so.damn.exhausting. I remember a couple years ago, I was up at 4:30 to hit the gym prior to work (I have to be at work at 7). Now, I have to drag myself out of bed at 5:30—and that’s after hitting snooze…twice.
So, how in the hell, am I going to train for this tri? As you might have guessed, I’ve been working on my training schedule.
I had planned on getting a gym membership—one with a pool, spin classes and yoga—but it is so expensive to get started, and it’s just not in the budget right now. The public pool isn’t cheap either, but I could keep costs to a minimum by swimming just twice per week. The hours for public swim suck, though, and the only time that really fits in my schedule is the 5-7 a.m. block of time. Ugh. Extra days of getting up at an ungodly hour.
And then there’s the bike. Last night, I finished a 30-minute bike ride at 9:30 p.m. I am supposed to be in bed at 9:30 p.m….or, at least, prepping to get into bed! Because I have to be up again at 5:30, and I don’t function well on 6 hours or less of sleep per night. I don’t want to work out directly after I get home from the office because I want to have a couple of hours with my kid, plus making dinner, cleaning up, etc.
Running, I’ve got. Three days a week, I can run on my lunch hour. I can’t bike or swim on my lunch hour…so, during the middle of the week, that leaves only early in the morning before work or late at night after my son’s in bed (and/or I’m supposed to be getting ready for bed) for those two activities.
My only saving grace is that it is a sprint, which means I could probably get through it with minimal training and not die. But, come June 15, it ain’t gonna be pretty…sort of like me at 5:30 in the morning.