Let me start this post by clarifying my husband’s support of my racing:
- He encourages me to try and be my best.
- He supports my training as long as it doesn’t interfere with our family life too much. ie: disappearing for an hour on either a Saturday or a Sunday to train is ok, disappearing for 3-4 hours on both Saturday and Sunday is not.
- He supports me racing nearby 5k’s and 10k’s on a Sunday morning, but doing a 4 hour marathon/triathlon in a city/town that’s a 2-3 hour drive is not ok.
- He supports me racing once every two months or so, racing every other weekend is not ok.
In all fairness, he is tolerant of my racing, it’s just that I haven’t been able to turn him into a complete push over (yet).
The thing is, I’m starting to feel this desire to race every 3-4 weeks and I’m also feeling this desire to try and do a 1/2 Ironman. I also know that once I’ve done a 1/2 Ironman, I’ll want to do about 2-3 more of them, just to find out what my true potential is.
I LOVE RACING!
So I’m trying to figure out how to keep the peace at home, be fair to my family, while still being true to myself. This is not easy. This also means I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to want to put my full effort into my training/nutrition because what’s the point if I can’t race?
How do you motivate yourself?
How do you balance racing/running/triathlon with motherhood?