I don’t like to talk about my job too much but I am going to make an exception today because it is relevant to training for a weekend warrior like me. I am an first-line manager in Information Technology in the Health Care Industry, which basically means that I am on call 24×7. For the last 6 months or so, it hasn’t been an issue. Until last Wednesday, that is. We had a major issue arise and I ended up working from 6:30 am Wednesday to 8:00 am Thursday. I went home and got to sleep for 5 hours, then I woke up and worked from 2:00 pm until shortly after midnight Thursday Night/Friday Morning. Friday I started my day working at 7:00 am and wrapped up about 6:00 pm. Today (Saturday) I worked from 9:00 to noon, and then from 6:00 pm until about 9:00 pm. My only workout since Wednesday morning was today when I snuck in an 800m swim and a 6 mile run at Lifetime Fitness.
It is that kind of schedule that makes training for anything, let alone a triathlon difficult. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love what I do even when the schedule goes crazy like it did this week. I really only missed one scheduled workout, but my work could easily cause me to miss many more. I think I could make training easier by getting someone to pay me to train. If anyone has found a way to do that, please let me know. Especially if you are overweight and slow.