For some unknown/unholy reason, I decided to do my first-ever triathlon this year.
And not just any triathlon — the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, which involves swimming from the former prison island and then running and biking across the tectonic playground that is San Francisco.
Kill. me. now.
I know, I know. I signed up for this thing — why whine about it?
Frankly, I had no idea it would be this much of a time suck. It’s difficult for parents to sneak in workouts, but I have found some sneaky ways to do it.
Now, my goal isn’t to win it, obviously — this is my first-ever attempt — but I do want to finish in a respectable time. OK, fine. I just want to finish. So training has taken up a lot of time recently — much more time than I thought it would.
The funny thing is, I signed up mostly to remain functionally fit and healthy, to have the energy to follow around after my adventurous 6-year-old daughter. But now I find I’m barely functional at all, given the near constant soreness of multi-hour workouts.
Still, I have found ways to sneak in workouts that don’t kill me or leaving me feeling to blah to do anything else. Between childcare, work, school demands, house demands, training demands — you name it — it’s difficult some days to find time to work out. But here are some ways I’ve been trying to sneak in a healthy pick-me-up to power through the day and keep everyone in the family happy and healthy.
So here goes … the Top Ways for Busy Parents to Fit In Exercise.
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!
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