I often get asked,
“How do you get the time to do all of your training?”
I can’t pretend it’s easy. It takes a lot of juggling around and discipline. Yes, I have to plan in advance. I usually do this on the previous evening, creating a list in my head, of all the training and other domestic tasks I have to do. It’s all a question of organisation and then ensuring I get on and actually do the things I told myself I was going to do. Simple right? Well, not quite.
So, last weekend, specifically Saturday 2nd September, I have the day planned out in my mind:
- Go to the butchers.
- Get to the gym for a run.
- Marinade chicken for grilling on the following day.
- Complete 1 hour on the turbo trainer.
- Iron my work clothes.
- Visit mum
All doable on a good day.
But, I feel absolutely exhausted arising from a combination of a heavy week of meetings, interviews and training. Oh yes, not to mention a great night out on Friday 1st September, celebrating my last day in my last job.
So, I get up late and everything is pushed back. And, then my mum pops in ahead of schedule and I have to stall her. Fortunately she is very understanding and I manage to give her quality time later on that evening. However, with timings out the window, I ended up coming back from my mum’s at around 8 pm and ended up doing my turbo at 9 pm. This of course meant that I got off my turbo trainer at 10 pm which is when I like to hit the sack.
I have to say the last few weeks have been particularly hectic to say the least. I had two weeks leave before starting my new job. I knew that with the launch of my first book “From Blind Man to Ironman” that I would need to do considerable work promoting and marketing the book. I also was busy liaising with Abby my support worker while on leave to ensure that things were being set up in my new job for a smooth transition into our new office environment. At the same time I was fitting in my training for the Paratri National Champs and filling in with the odd domestic jobs around the house. You can say that life in the fast lane was pretty challenging. Yes, I was (and am) really happy with the level of interest in my book, excited about my new job and always look forward to racing but it can get a little overwhelming at times. Thank goodness that I have such wonderful friends and family who continually support me through thick and thin. What would I do without them?
New job, book signings on the horizon and the Leicester half marathon to prepare for, I can’t say I’m going to be looking for things to keep me busy!
I don’t expect things to slow down any time soon.
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