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My Super Power: The NO SLEEP Triathlete!

Hi folks! Virginia here for SBK. I have been MIA for a few weeks because I’m getting back in the swing of life’s crazy routines. School started back about 3 weeks ago with kiddos returning 2 weeks ago. I’m at a new school this year, and I am VERY happy about my new job and the great kids I teach. BUT…I’m also tired! Teachers, parents, and kids can all relate to how busy the opening of school is. WHEW!

415 alarm clockOn my first day with kiddos, I asked each kid to tell me what their hidden super power is. My 16 year old kids were completely annoyed and perplexed by this question. I might as well have been asking them to solve the debt crisis. I heard things like, “I can play soccer.” I confidently stated that I am a person who can go without much sleep. Indeed lately, that is my super power. I’ve been getting up between 3:45 – 4:15 daily to do the morning workout before school. I work all day, come home and make dinner, clean up dinner, make lunches, make coffee, talk to kiddos and do whatever else the house requires, and pass out! PASS OUT is my new form of sleep.

BUT….some days it just catches up. Some days I am not the NO SLEEP triathlete…..I’m the sleepy triathlete. UGH. BALANCE…..IT IS SO HARD! Despite my inability to balance, training is going well. I want to balance better, but I can’t. Is it sad that I am happy with my lack of balance right now? Maybe.

labordayweekend Yesterday I had a wonderful workout with Ironman Jennifer Hill and two of her friends. She pulled me on a bike ride with surges around a nearby town with which I am totally unfamiliar. I started the day a bit bummed because some of my friends were doing a triathlon and I wasn’t (a.k.a., I was jealous), but Jen’s workout quickly turned my spirits around. I am always amazed at much a good workout can change my spirits. I feel like it is a secret that only a few of us know. More people need to learn the secret.I was again reminded of how lucky I am and all of the gifts that training provides.

Family + work + training = joy

FORGET BALANCE….ok….that is probably a bad thing to say and certainly not a lesson to pass along. I’m trying…..and in the mean time, I’m just enjoying the happiness without it.

Keep on swimming, biking, and running…. I will too!

One Comment

  • Andrea

    September 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Feels like having a newborn, huh? I’m with ya, sister…been cultivating a raging case of insomnia for the last year or so. Horrible nights sleep + brick = delusional mom of 4 trying to smile at church this morning. Oye. <3


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