Balancing Act: Need Advice, Maybe?

Dustin and I were kind of talking last night and this morning about upcoming races, training, etc… the normal in our house. And recently, I took a second job on because I was bored when Dustin has been gone for 2 weeks at a time and lets face it, I want to get debt free sooner, rather than later and this can help with that… well, let’s just say 15-20 hours on top of my 40 hour work week is wreaking havoc on me! Throw in the fall back of daylight savings time and ohhhh it’s always dark outside!

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I’m trying to figure out this new balance juggling 2 jobs, being an endurance athlete, AND finding time for friends/family/life… so here we go…. another journey! A few months ago, when I was still working from home with Bondi Band, I had a little more flexibility to tailoring my workouts and when I did them. When I took my position at the University of Texas Medical Branch, I found it a little more difficult however, get up early, do my first workout of the day and do the second one when I got home. Now we’re in new territory because there is no set schedule at my second job so one week I may be working 6p-10p once or twice during the week and then working Saturday and Sunday.

Needless to say, this may be more of a seasonal thing because I know my body will not be able to keep up at this pace… most days during the week, I’ll get up at my usual 4:30a and get my workout in but it’s so dark outside! I have all these excuses as of lately and Dustin kind of hit me like a ton of bricks when I left the house this morning… he said, “What workouts did you do this weekend?” I knew this was coming because I was scheduled both days for 8 hours shifts and all I could say was “you know exactly what I did” which was not a lot… this led to a quick one liner about my base training and where it needs to be at and how it’s not going in the right direction… touche Dustin, touche!

As I sit here, I am pondering how I am going to do all of this; the answer is simple… get the calendar printed out, write it down and make it happen. This is temporary. I can do it! How have you balanced out your time with work, family, kids, extra obligations, training, etc? I’d like to think this second job is a lot like having kids [I really don’t know but I’m sure compromises are always made]. Any ideas or tips are appreciated!

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I have not only Ironman Texas coming up but I registered last week for Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico! I am so excited to go to San Juan with some of our closest friends (who are also racing)! Time to get cracking because I don’t want to disappoint myself and those who are supporting me all the way!

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