Posted by: pursuingsub17 | May 13, 2009

Life vs Training


I wasn’t sure what to title this. I’ve been feeling a lot of things lately. I’ve been doing really well with the training but the majority of it is squished into my three days off plus maybe one evening or morning. I guess that’s good for now. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do once next year hits and I start training for a half – ironman, never mind a full one in 2011. Maybe by then a rich uncle I don’t know about will pass away and put me in his will. Until then, my condo remains hidden under a pile of dust, my shower doors will be caked in hard water deposits for months on end, my laundry basket will remain ever full whilst I pull clean clothes out of the “clean” hamper because I have no time to put the clothes away before desperately needing a pair of socks.

A student in my building was advertising that she would do maid service. I don’t make a hell of a lot of money but it would be worth having someone come in just so I can get some basic housecleaning off my back. She said she wants $30 an hour. Good Lord. I was hoping maybe $20. I guess I’m being cheap – but at the same time, she doesn’t have any experience and isn’t covered by worker’s comp. I’ll have to think about it.

My job is wearing me out too. I wish I could work from home. I work hard but my schedule is heavy and not very flexible.

Okay – I’m whining. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I realized today I have to start making some sacrifices if I want to accomplish this up-coming goal of an IronMan. My social life will be affected – as will my relationships with my family. I read in a triathlon book that the first step is to understand I have the right to pursue this goal and I need to get those around me to understand that. I think my family does – but I don’t know if Marc’s do and I hope I don’t ruin a good relationship I have with them if I say “I can’t come over for your family dinner.” It’s too much. Again – all about balance. Life and training – it’s a tough balance.

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