Thursday, September 11, 2008

It takes a village...

Talking to Jen the other day I told her I have no idea how some women juggle the ironman training with jobs. Inevitably, my days are scheduled around a work out of some kind, but the rest of the time gets filled in very quickly. Take yesterday for example: At 9am Joey had his endocrinologist visit and at 10:15 I was supposed to go to PT, but Joey's visit ran late since he needed to get his blood work done. I couldn't reschedule that, but after dropping Joey back at school, I grabbed a quick lunch at home, moved laundry around, and did dishes before running to my acupuncture appointment at 1:15. Home again at 2 to pick Joey up from school, then run back out at 3 to go to the doctors (for me). By the time I got home at 4, I still needed to bash the kids over the head to get homework done, check emails and then get them out the door for dinner at the Thai restaurant. We did get home in time for 8pm bedtimes--myself included! Since I was a single mom last night, there wouldn't be any swimming. Sigh. My "village" includes coaches, a nutritionist, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, a doctor, multiple training buddies, and of course the husband and kids. All I'm missing are a personal chef and cleaning lady!

Now that the school year has started, I was hoping to have more "free time" during the day to get in some workouts and avoid calling in the sitter. I've been able the past two weeks to limit my evening training to late Monday night swims and of course the Tuesday bricks. This week starts afterschool activities--soccer practice, dance team tryouts and dance class, lego robotics team. Yet more schlepping of kids hither and yon, thus the need to keep my afternoons free.

I am taking some consolation in the fact that there are only 5 weeks of seriously long training left before we start our taper. My weekends are booked from now until October 11th--alternating long rides and long runs. Looking at the schedule, they all seem doable, with the caveat from Tina the nutritionist that I keep to the meal plan and get in ALL my calories. The only little hiccup I can see really giving me a hard time are the issues I'm having in my girl-parts areas. Not to be too graphic, but in-grown bikini-line hairs + bike shorts + lots of milage in the saddle = unhappy Kate. Anyone got any good suggestions on what to do?

On another note, I've started my Janus Charity Challenge fundraising for the JDRF in earnest by mailing out almost 100 letters. I've raised almost $2000 already! Joey's appointment with the endocrinologist yesterday went well, but his A1C (a 3-month history of his blood sugar (BG) levels) count was up meaning he's been running high more often. It has been hard to get over our fear of his low blood sugar readings--they are what promted his seizures in May and December--but yesterday we have made some changes to his carb/insulin ratios so hopefully that will help. To avoid future health issues, it is important to keep his BG levels within a certain range. Joey was so brave having his blood drawn. Four tubes they filled up, and he sat perfectly still on my lap, watching the whole time, and never cried. No wonder he's my hero! If you click his picture on the left, it will take you to my fundraising page.

8 comments:

kerrie said...

that sounds so much like my day and a lot of the juggling that i do...sometimes it is hard at the end of the day because the hours fly by and i am so busy yet have nothing concrete to show for it! but you are right, it does take a village, sometimes a whole city! as for the ingrown hairs, yeah, that happens - i just have a really good pair of tweezers!

rr said...

brazilian waxes are the only way to deal with Ironman training. Seriously.

I find I'm just as busy now with a FT gig as I was as a SAHMom. There is always a ton to be done, either way - never much time to goof off. You're in the thick of it now, this crazy training will be over before you know it!

Mel said...

OK woman..I came here for some motivation...not to hear how hard it is to balance everything.....I just had to drop out of a marathon race....BECAUSE my husband's training for the ultraman and all his traveling doesn't leave me time to do shit...so how in the heck am I going to train for a full Ironman.....come on you need to say HOW GREAT IT ALL IS :)

SusieQ said...

You are one busy woman - and congrats to you for juggling it all with a smile.
I'm really impressed with your fundraising for diabetes - and how amazingly your family handles Joey's diabetes.

xo
sq

Anonymous said...

Seriously, it is AMAZING how we do this all! And, you are doing great! I agree with RR on point #1...or something like that....lovely! Jen H.

tri-ing races not cases said...

There is a great article in this month's Bicycling magazine about Team 1 - the procycling team that has 4 type 1 diabetes cyclists. I'll try and get my copy to you.
Keep juggling - you are doing a great job.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

You're doing SUPERB! Hang in there - only a few more weeks until the taper! For the bikini part - agree with RR and Jen - but don't go for the brazillian... that's too much. And then when the hairs begin to grow back, tweezer AND loofah the area - that will enable the hairs to pop through... Graphic... but then uncomfortable saddle stuff always is.

Your son is so brave!

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Oh gosh - I am so excited for you and wondering how you are doing balancing it all! I am so inspired! Don't worry - I will be there to make sure you goof off next year at camp and eagleman. I am definitely visiting the fundraising page. Way to go!