My newborn is 3 weeks old. To say I am a bit tired is fair comment. Newborn babies are nocturnal, or at least our one appears to be.
|The Kraken / a 2 year old|
We also have a two year old. Two year old kids can be difficult customers at the best of times. Throw having to compete for Mummies attention with a newborn baby into the mix and you unleash the Kraken slumbering inside any two year old.
I am also trying to fit my Ironman training around helping my wife with the kids as much as I can. How she is coping with the demands of feeding the nocturnal newborn all night long and looking after both her and the two year old terrorist all day is beyond me. I am constantly in awe of how she manages to hold it all together.
So far I have managed to stick fairly closely to my training plan. I missed out on a bike ride over the weekend cause of family commitments but otherwise I have made all my other training sessions. I can only put this down to the fact that my wife understands my motivation for wanting to go out training and is willing to stand by me whilst I do so.
Either it’s that, or she is so knackered that she doesn’t have the energy to object. The more I think about it the more I think it is probably this; however I will make hay whilst the sun is shining and continue to train as often as possible.
So I guess the answer to the question “can Ironman training and raising a young family coexist harmoniously?” is yes, provided you have a supportive partner, or one that is so tired she will go along with anything.
Sunday 15th March is my first Multi-Sport event of the year, the Portsmouth Duathlon. Curry and I competed in this last year and I am keen to see if I am faster one year on. Fingers crossed for a good finishing time; however I do want to hold something in reserve as I am desperate not to do anything that may harm my Ironman training.
Competing at close to 100% capacity can result in injury as you push yourself. A safer option would be to coast round at 85-90%. I am hopeful that my 85% effort will be faster than my 100% effort from last year.
Looking back on my write up of last years event (click here to read it) I was suffering with shin splints at the time. These devils are thankfully well in my past, so my running should be quicker purely because it is pain free. I also have a nice shiny new bike to debut in it’s first ever race, which should be substantially quicker than the previous one. I weigh less, should be more fit and am generally in better condition than I was a year ago.
“Surely he can’t go wrong” I hear you all thinking to yourselves. Perhaps you are right. Competing is a funny thing and as long as I prepare properly and keep my head there is no reason I won’t be able to improve on last years finishing time.
All I have to do before Sunday is a brick session tonight (bike then run), a swim and bike ride on Thursday, a long run on Friday (which will be at least 2.5 hours) and a long bike ride on Saturday. Total amount of training ahead of me before Sunday’s race day is around 7.5 hours.
Nothing to it, or as Aleksandr would say…………………….Simples.