So it is official, we are only 18 weeks to my ½ Ironman race! I know 18 weeks when you are prego can feel like forever, but am going to be honest – it causes me a little bit of stress that it is coming so soon! Adding to my stress: The Training Bible, a great resource from my coach, but a workout plan that includes 4 trips to the pool in 7 days! Not a chance that is going to happen!! Besides the number of workouts, I have loads to learn on nutrition, technique and drills … can you feel the stress building!
So what is a mom to do? After a nice calming glass of wine, I had a clarifying moment – I am acting just like I did with my first born, where I tried to read endless advice on how to care for her, (Baby Basics was quoted many times in our home). I realized that I am just adding stress to my life by attempting to complete a perfect a training schedule. So it made me think, what did I learn with my second child, when motherhood became a true joy for me, that I can apply to this race too?
1. Quality vs. Quantity, when it comes to time! My girls are a mere 13 months apart, I didn’t have endless hours to bond with a new baby, so I spent my 1:1 time enjoying her versus worrying about what milestones she should be hitting. For this race, same applies – do what I can during each week but be sure to make each workout count.
2. Flexibility is a necessity. What baby doesn’t want a feeding every 2 ½ hours every day? I can honestly say I learned the hard way, you cannot force a baby to eat according to a time schedule, you have to be flexible. So for the race, I must relax as I did with my second babe, remind myself that a schedule is just a guide – some weeks will work as planned, but life has to happen too.
3. Believe and trust in myself. An extra long snuggle in bed together in the mornings, does not mean a baby will never sleep alone, regardless of what some books say. My Training Bible, like the baby books, are just guides .. take what I can from them but go with what feels right for me. You can always ref the “experts” when you need them!
So it seems like my original “base” training plan isn’t going to need to change that much (just needs those long weekend bikes to reach 3 hours!!) – I must remember, I want this journey to end with a smile on my face .. an accomplishment my girls will be proud of!!