This log will be about time -
In particular it'll be a reflection of my attempt at juggling Family time and Work Time and trying to make the most effective use of Training Time while aiming for my first Iron Distance Triathlon.
It's also about other time issues - this time in my life, my target finishing time and about hopefully finally sticking to a 'proper' Tri training routine but mostly about time management.
A bit of background:
Age 43, working on various projects that involve at least one trip per week to either Dublin, Carlow, Wexford, Tipperary or Kerry. These impact on my training as they're irregular and tire me out with driving, long hours, etc. I started doing Triathlons in 2009 with the Hell of the West (Oly) and Lost Sheep (HIM). I did them both again in 2010 and 2011 and my tri benchmark level for those who know those events is approx 3hrs/6hrs respectively. That means I won't be going to Kona anytime soon! Hopefully though it might indicate my IM range as 12-13:xx. (I also did DCM10 in 3:44)
Married to MrsB who works p/t and does a bit of running herself, 3 active Kids aged 5-11 who're also active in GAA Football, Camogie, Hurling, Swimming, Athletics and Hockey as well as other afterschool activities such as Choir, French, Cubs and Piano! A very busy house at times as homework, food, gear, training, etc gets sorted.
I intend following the Don Fink Iron Fit Competive Schedule which is a 30 week plan. Its to start in December but I'll be logging my lead in here with his off season sessions too. The first 10 (Base) weeks involve 6-11 hours training per week which hopefully should be time managed ok. The next 10 (Build) weeks involve 11-16 hours p.w. which may make for a difficult time management period in the early part of 2012 but hopefully can be squeezed into that 'quieter' part of the year. Its the final 10 (Peak) weeks involving 16-20 hours p.w. where I expect it to get very challanging as Family life gets busier from April - June. Family life has to come first so my plan is that whatever time I put into Training, I put at least TWICE as much into Family life and that time has to be very visible and useful. I may have to limit my hours in the Peak phase and if so I anticipate following the Fink Intermediate Schedule if it comes to it. As this log progresses I expect that energy management will also become an issue and proper eating and rest habits become crucial. I typically don't get enough sleep and tend to drive on until I'm wrecked and then am forced to rest leading to bad training. Hopefully my focus on time management will improve that situation. Swimming would be my weakest discipline but that's relative as I'm not great on the cycle or run either . While I'd have come from a
So, the nitty gritty - what finishing time are we talking about here?
Well in time honoured fashion I'm going to aim 'high' and set out my stall as follows:
Those splits are all ambitious for me but are doable with the proper training. I know they're not at the pointy end but given my time, energy and physical constraints these would be the best I believe I could do.