What’s it like to be a Multisport Mom?
Today I am linking up with Katie from Mom’s Little Running Buddy and Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?! to tell you all about “The Day in the Life of a Multisport Mom”. Katie and I are both currently training for Ironman 70.3 or half marathon distance. I will be racing (at least two) Half Ironmans this summer and fall. I am currently registered to race Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant in the end of June and Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid (a new event) in September. Katie will be going for it at the Ironman 70.3 in Chattanooga coming up in May! Cynthia is going for it and planning to race her first full Ironman in Lake Placid this summer! I love having some other amazing blogger friends to link-up with and to sharing training tips and triathlon stories with! These women are truly inspiring! I was psyched to finally meet Katie at BlogFest two years ago. She has contagious energy! Cynthia and I first connected through blogging forums and have become fast friends. Last year she and I had a great time sharing a fun weekend at the ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon. We talk training, blogging, kids and more . . . if only we lived closer and could train together!!
Triathlon training is a blast but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to fit in training for all 3 sports–the swim, the bike, and the run. Also, since we are all doing long distance triathlons the mileage can seem overwhelming and sometimes you have to be creative about how you fit it all in. In case you are unfamiliar about Triathlon distances, here is the breakdown:
- Sprint Triathlon: Swim-.5 Miles Bike-12.4 Miles Run-5K
- Olympic Distance: Swim-.93 Miles Bike-24.8 Miles Run-10K
- Half Ironman: Swim-1.2 Miles Bike-56 Miles Run-13.1 Miles
- Ironman: Swim-2.4 Miles Bike-112 Miles Run-26.2 Miles
I am a stay at home mom but I also write this blog, do some freelance writing, volunteer at my children’s school, and am currently also volunteering with the Non-Profit Organization 261 Fearlesss, Inc., created by Kathrine Switzer the original marathon woman. This organization is a global community of women working to empower other women through movement as a walker, a jogger and a runner. 261 Fearless is working to establish 261 Fearless Run Clubs around the globe and to provide a way for women to gather together both in person and virtually through this community. 261 Fearless was formed in the spirit of Kathrine Switzer’s historic run 50 years ago at the Boston Marathon. According to Kathrine Switzer herself, ” 261 was my bib number in the famous 1967 Boston Marathon, the number that the angry race director tried to tear off of of me when he was infuriated to see a woman running in ‘his’ race. The number has come to mean fearless in the face of a challenge, or adversity. It has changed history, as we all are changing history.” I am currently working as a Social Media Community Coordinator and love engaging in dialogue with the women in the 261 Fearless Community. Currently we are working hard with Team 261Fearless, a team of women and a few men who are fundraising for 261Fearless and will be joining Kathrine Switzer in her historic 50th anniversary run of the Boston Marathon. So even though my official title is Mom, my days are far from boring.
Sadly this winter my training has been inside a ton! Old man winter keeps walloping us with ice and snow and frigid temperatures. I don’t mind the cold but I draw the line at a windchill of -25. No one should be outside for extended periods of time when it is that cold. The road conditions have also been terrible this winter with tons of nasty ice and heavy snow causing us to have many late starts for school, earl dismissals and snow days. I love spending the extra time with the kiddos (the other day we made slime and they had a day of Harry Potter activities) but it is making it trickier to get in training outside. Last year where we had almost no snow and mild temperatures. I feel like I am constantly juggling and shifting workouts to get them in to fit our wacky training schedule.
A Typical Day as a Multipsort Mom
Now that I am done rambling here is a peek at a typical day in my life getting ready for a Half Ironman (and the Boston Marathon too).
- 6:15 a.m. First alarm goes off. I used to be a morning person, getting up before the sun to go out and row but lately its been harder to do that and I often snooze the alarm at least once or twice.
- 6:35 Rise and Shine! Time to wake up the kiddos and do the morning scramble to get everyone ready for school. I make lunches the night before to try to maximize sleep time in the morning. We whip up breakfast which ranges from scrambled eggs, to toast, cereal, yogurt and of course always fruit.
- 7:30 In the car and off we go to school. Kids read in the backseat, play, or bicker (ha! Of course they fight, they are 6 and 8!). I crank up the tunes and sing along often to the dismay of my kids especially when I turn on The 80’s station.
- 7:50-8:00 Drop of time and then get ready to go and crank out some workouts.
- 8:30-10:30 During this time I often go to Bootcamp for Strength training and get my butt kicked. Then I follow it up with a Pool workout, usually an hour of drills and laps, laps and more laps. On other days this is when I run!
- 10:30-12:00 Lately I have been volunteering at my kids school during this time (not every day) working on a Rainforest project, making a papier-mâché Harpy Eagle.
- 12:00-12:45 Run errands (Grocery Store, pharmacy, etc.)
- 12:45-2:45 Lunch. Load up on Carbs and Protein! Work on blogging and social media at the local cafe (taking advantage of the free Wi-FI). On run days I head home and do this work at my house and catch up on housework while I am there.
- 3:00 Pick Up kids or stay with them for Destination Imagination (I was a team coach of DI, a program that teaches 21st century skills and STEM principles to kindergarten through university level students through creative and collaborative problem solving challenges) or take them to swimming lessons or head home for homework time, outside time and playtime.
- 5:30-6:30 Blogging and Social Media Work while kids chill out for a bit before dinner and bedtime.
- 6:30-8:00 Let’s Eat! Dinner Prep, whole family dinner time-this has become an essential part of our day as Organic Runner Dad often works long days and travels so family meals are a nice time to get everyone together. We also do bath or shower time. I do laundry while kids brush their teeth and prep for bed. Then its time for stories and snuggles and sweet dreams for the kiddos.
- 8:00-Bedtime??? Depending on the day I use the time after bedtime to Run on the Treadmill, Ride the Trainer or catch up on blogging and social media. When I’m logging long miles on the trainer and treadmill I’ve been doing a lot of binge watching of fun fluffy tv shows, series and movies. My latest favorites are: Good Girls Revolt (Amazon), Catastrophe (Amazon), The Edge of Seventeen (Movie), So Cosmo (on E!), Top Chef, Master Chef, Girls (HBO).
I am very fortunate that I am able to run my days the way I want. My time is flexible and I am able to mold my days into what I want them to look like which is definitely a plus. Generally no two days are exactly the same but I have fallen into pretty solid routines for each week and I am able to keep them jam packed which I love! Now that you’ve heard more about my day I bet you are eager to give being a multipsort mom a try! I hope you will pop over to check out Cynthia and Katie’s blogs today for more inspiration and please join our link up!