This week, I asked a few blogger friends to share how they balanced work/life/training and their marriage. Today, Kelly is sharing her tips with us.
Hi, I’m Kelly the Culinarian! I’m a food blogger transformed into a triathlete, working towards my ultimate goal of completing an Ironman triathlon next year. That’s a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Most people will sign up and then train for most of the year leading up to the event.
With that many miles standing between the start and finish line, it’s no small feat to undertake and requires a serious commitment to training, with two sessions a day, six days per week for roughly six months. Sessions can last upwards of five hours during peak training.
But I work. I’m married. I have a dog and a baking habit and sometimes I even make it out to social events. I also have to feed, clothe and drive myself to work, so that means every day is a balancing act of priorities and deadlines. I have a few things going for me in this department, including not having kiddos and having a husband who goes to grad school at night. I also have a slightly more flexible work schedule than most. Here’s how I stay organized and married in the midst of a crazy, selfish pursuit.
Establish a routine. I get up at 5 a.m. every day with rare exceptions. This is when I do my hardest training.
Work that rest day. But not in the way you think. I align my rest day with days I have something in the evening that prohibits training. In those hours before work, I do laundry, pick up around the house and try and make my home look like adults live there, not teenagers.
Lunch is not just for eating. I use my lunch break for quick runs (if I don’t have clients coming in) or running errands. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have food in the cupboards.
Share an online calendar. Google Calendars is an amazing platform for keeping organized within a family. It means my husband and I can share schedules and see what one another is up to on particular days and plan accordingly.
Use a GPS app. This eliminates a lot of the “when will you be home” texts and calls and makes my solo training sessions safer.
Get your support team in order. I have a dog walker I can call when we’re double booked or I just can’t get to home fast enough for a little dog’s bladder to be assuaged. I also have a cleaning service come once a month. I have no shame in paying someone to do something I don’t enjoy, and they do a better job than I ever could/care to do.
Don’t overcommit. I’m now more diligent about what I say yes to and don’t feel guilty in declining things I’m not actually interested in. “Sorry, I’m training,” rolls off the tongue easier than I thought possible/
Make bulk meals. I don’t ever cook for just one or two. I make enough for leftovers for lunch and cook big meals on the weekend so there’s less chaos every time I get hangry. When I get back from a 50-mile brick ride, I’ll basically eat anything that isn’t tied down, so it helps when I already have stuff waiting. Crock pot meals are perfect for this – I freeze half and eat the other half throughout the week.
Block out time. We just had a weekend where Tim and I basically had no plans other than spending time together. I still trained, but in a far more deliberate way.
Thanks, Kelly for sharing your tips today!!!