I just got back from a fun filled three day trip with my girls at Lalandia in Rodby, Denmark.
The past four months I’ve been a real family man. Since the last race of my season in the beginning of September, I’ve cut my training time by nearly 75%. Not at all according to my Fall plan. But not waking up at 05:00 and working out or going to work early so i could workout at lunch as opened the door to other activities. I’ve dropped the girls off at school almost everyday I’ve worked in town, and I’ve been with them for a majority of there after school activities. No one would dare say that I don’t do enough around the house either, well maybe Jeanette who expects the house to be clean 100% of the time 😉
As a bonus my wife has gotten hooked on body pump and body balance. Even if she started classes last fall, it wasn’t really until after this summer that she too started to prioritize her workouts over time on the sofa. During the past two months I’ve gotten use to the idea of Crossfit training as a part of my Ironnan/Swimrun program and I am looking forward to see what effects it has on me, my goals and my results in 2015. I am not very good at a majority of the exercises, but I am strong and once I learn the proper technique I think I will get better and stronger.
But there is a dark side to this. Not working out, put me at home more. Being at home means more access to food. Being with the kids more has meant snacking more. I’ve gone up 20kg (45lbs) during these last four months. I’ve been prioritizing sleep and TV over running and biking. But that changes now. While we were away I managed to get to squeeze in two hours of weights, running and biking (an hour each full day there) and felt better for it.
I’m heathy and have no injuries holding me back, I’ve just been lacking motivation. But after seeing all the “other” overweight dads these past three days was a real eye opener. I don’t want to be that guy. I don’t want to be walking down the street with my wife and kids and having people think, “what does she see in him?” Nope! Lily turns 10 yrs old this summer and will most likely start talking more and more about boys the coming 2-3 years. It’s time to get back in shape so I can be the scary dad that opens the door for her first date 😉
My first challenge of 2015 will be 100x100m with my big belly…
Then there are less than 11 weeks until Swedish Short Course Nationals. It’s going to be tough to get ready with only two swim practices a week. But swimming was my focus from 2006-2012, 2013 and 2014 biking was my focus and in 2015 running and strength will be my focus. More about my 2014 summary and 2015 goals coming soon.