- I don’t know how old your kids are, but if they are old enough to leave home alone while sleeping, then early morning workouts might work well before the kids get up.
- Perhaps some of your cycling training can be done at home on a trainer.
- Of course, enlisting friends and family to help with the kids so you can train is helpful. You can even swap childcare with a friend…you watch her kids while she does her thing, she watches your kids while you do yours.
This question is such a difficult one for moms. We too want to have these big dreams. Oftentimes, we feel like we are the last ones to matter in our little world…. triathlon helps us break out of that cycle. But then the life cycle rears its head and sometimes those big dreams must be put on hold. Oftentimes, the sacrifice to obtain the goal *may* be too much, and may not be worth the end result. I hope I can do an Iron distance race one day. But for me, I have no earthly idea how I will be able to do so with the kids and a full time job. It’s scary. It’s nauseating. It’s just downright difficult.
Can you slip into crazy and make it all happen? Can you wake up and get on the trainer at 3:00am to do a four hour ride? Will you go for a midnight run on the treadmill? Are you willing to sacrifice to save to buy your own treadmill, spin bike and gear to make it happen after hours, while your kids are sleeping? If you can do these things while your kids are 100% covered and taken care of (and you can say this without a doubt)… then I think the question becomes… how bad do you want it? And how much sleep are you willing to lose to get it? Will the benefit of your kids seeing you reach these goals be worth less time with them? Just food for thought.