In many ways when it comes to work and doing an IRONMAN I’m quite lucky. I am self-employed so most of the time I set my own schedule – I don’t have to try to fit my workouts in around a strict work schedule (or a work schedule that’s ever-changing and not in my control as many people in retail and food service are forced to deal with). Still, one of the ways that this gets tricky for me is travel. I charge a flat fee honorarium and encourage the places that hire me to speak to book me for as many events as they would like. That means that I often fly in late at night, and then my next few days will be packed from 7am -10pm without a pool or spin room or track available after that, and running for miles in a place I’ve never been (the only skill weaker than my running is my ability to navigate) at 11pm seems a bit ill-advised.
Sometimes what you need just isn’t available. I recently posted this update to the online training software that my coach and I use:
Sorry, traveling this week and no pool available at the hotel I stayed at, no 24 hour fitness with a pool nearby, 24 hour gym with a pool that I’m not a member of wouldn’t let me pay to come once and use the pool. Pacific ocean was cold and full of sharks. Options exhausted
Oh well, swim is my strongest of the three disciplines, so it’s far better to miss a swim than a run. This week I’m changing my schedule around to avoid having to run in Michigan in 30 degree weather in the middle of the night.
Don’t get me wrong – I feel incredibly lucky to get to do something for work that I’m passionate about and that people tell me makes a real difference in their lives. I absolutely love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, this is just another little obstacle to overcome on the way to the finish line.
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