This question was asked of me the other day, “How do you find the time?” They were referring to my exercise and training schedule. It’s a valid question, and one that I answered quickly. I replied “If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time to do it.” That is true, as we find time to relax, inndulge in hobbies, go out with friends and family, if exercise is important to you, you will find the time.
The issue I am running into is finding enough time to do all the training I want. I am not a paid athlete, so I have to have a job to pay bills, pay for insurance, and buy training equipment. Training with my wife is a blessing, as she understands the need for working out, and we get to spend time together. But with a house to maintain (or try to), three dogs, friends and family, you start feeling the pressure of trying to squeeze in everything, and you have to start getting creative in order to keep up the pace that you want.
I am currently training for my first Olympic distance triathlon and my third marathon. I am heading into the long run portions of marathon training, and just last weekend I needed to complete a long run of 14 miles. I mentor runners on Saturday mornings (which I love), and on Sunday we do a swim/bike/run brick. So how do I fit a long run in with whats going on already? It was pretty simple: get up early Saturday morning, run 8 miles to Fleet Feet Sports where the mentoring group meets up, stay loose and refuel and run 6 miles with the group! As the miles increase however, that is goinng to get harder and harder to do. But for right now it’s working.
We are also training on the swim portion of the triathlon without wetsuits from time to time, just in case the race is not wetsuit legal (due to the water temperature, according to USAT rules). We are working on staying calm and just swimming, working on form and distance. In fact, that is today’s workout since I have a day off from work. I am taking my bike in for a tune up, and then hitting the lake. When my wife gets off work, we may swim a second time.
It amazes me and impresses me when I think of all those people that have completed a 70.3 Ironman or a 140.6 Ironman, thinking about how they found the time for all that training, and still tried to lead normal lives. Hours in the pool, on the bike, running the streets, and still maintain a job and a family. Where do they find the time??
They just do. If it’s important to you, you’ll find the time.
It’s that time now. Time to hit the lake.