Ideal triathlete schedule? Does it even exist? To be frank, I am not talking about working a 9-5 schedule and taking 2 hour lunch breaks to work out. I'm referring to those of you who work 50 plus hours during a normal work week, typically work through lunch, and to those who train 15+ hours a week. How do you do it?
Before starting my new physical therapy job back in May, I was asked what hours I wanted to work... I was given 2 options.... 5x8 hr days or 4x10 hr days... Please note those hours don't include paper work only seeing patients :) Anyway I opted for the 2nd option thinking I could squeeze in long workouts and errands on that day.
I couldn't have been more wrong! The 10 hour days easily turned into 12+ hour days and my training time fell between the hours of 4:00 am-6:00 am or 7pm and beyond. Dinner on most nights was close to 9pm. Not fun. My day off, which just happened to fall in the middle of the week, was so jammed packed with errands and training that it was just as draining as a normal work day. I felt like one hot mess.
Frustrated and burnt out with training and work, I decided that something needed to give. I knew my schedule would in no way, shape, or form mesh with IM training next spring. I love love love PT and right now career should come first, but how would I squeeze it all in?
Well my friends... sometimes you just have to ask! I explained my situation to my boss and think I might have my problem solved. New hours starting last week... 10-6? How sweet is that?
Working full time and juggling training is never an easy feat but I think that this just might work! How do you fit it in? What are your suggestions for making it work? Do you ever think your priorities are backwards?