Thanks to Erin’s post on balance, I have been thinking a lot about the balance (or lack there of) in my life. In 2011 while training for IRONMAN Wisconsin, the Iron Hippie and I seemed to have a one track mind…train, train, train. We didn’t have a plan in place for keeping up with all the laundry, keeping the house clean, preparing healthy meals at home so we weren’t eating out all the time, spending quality time with each other (off of our bikes, out of the pool, away from the gym, or not in our running shoes), getting adequate sleep (sometimes this wasn’t a problem, while other times it was a huge challenge), spending quality time with family and friends…the list goes on and on.
When I look back at my training in 2011, I don’t think it was as balanced as it could have been either. I wasn’t incorporating consistent strength training into my schedule, I wasn’t incorporating yoga into my training, I wasn’t eating to train (instead…I was training to eat) and I had no idea how to train mentally for something as big as Ironman (not that I did much mental training for any of my previous races…).
Since the Iron Hippie and I signed up for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2014, we decided to take a look at our lives and try to schedule time for us to find balance in our lives. Monday evenings have been set aside for date night, social outings with friends, or just an opportunity to organize our lives for the rest of the week. We are hoping that setting aside Mondays evenings every week will allow us to have more balance in our lives. We tried to implement this new plan a few months ago, but then life happened…we were frantically trying to finish the fire pit/patio before our new fence was installed, then we were on vacation in Madison, Wisconsin signing up for IRONMAN Wisconsin 2014, followed by the death of my Grandfather. Needless to say, there was a 3 week period in September that was a whirl wind!! It took some time, but we got our lives back into a routine. We have successfully implemented our Monday balance check (as I call it) for a couple of months…date night, organizing our lives for the week, cleaning house, doing laundry, preparing meals. So far, it has worked like a charm…we are finding more balance. I have also been doing a much better job of incorporating strength training and hot yoga into my weekly training regimen to help keep my body in balance as well. Here’s to a much more successful and balanced IRONMAN training year!!