Training Plus One – Does 20 Minutes Count as a Training Session?

Does 20 minutes count as a training session?

Okay it was actually 17 minutes. Half an hour ago I would have sworn that Finn was in the deepest of sleeps and going to stay there for a good couple of hours. So after cancelling our swimming lesson I started my set on the computrainer and as soon as the warm-up is finished he’s awake! Wouldn’t be so bad except the same thing happened on Tuesday. 🙂

It’s days like these where I question my sanity in attempting to try to fit training into my day let along complete an Ironman again. I now know why there aren’t many stories out there about women completing endurance events after having a baby. It’s because it’s bloody hard to manage a level of consistency through the week without being able to accurately predict how long naptime is going to go for.

Since starting back training it has been trial and error with finding what works and what doesn’t. I have always used a weekly program but too many variables are thrown in each week to make this work. It is also taking me a while to adapt to a day to day training plan as I like to know what is coming up in the week and when my rest days are to look forward to. However, life no longer has any predictability when it comes to when and how long I can train.

BUT it’s not all bad. As I’ve regained some fitness and strength my hip and leg pain has gone, I can fit back in to my clothes and am back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Not to mention the squad sessions I have been able to get along to allowing me to get a big motivational boost of endorphins from training with the great people around me.

So my message today to mums getting back into training is it’s hard but totally worth it. Don’t be fooled by social media posts they only show the sessions that people do complete. They don’t show the 17 minute sessions or the ones where you don’t even get out the door. Your goal doesn’t have to be an Ironman or even a triathlon but the side effects of training with your health (physical and mental) are worth putting up with the bad days in order to have the good ones.

Training Plus One – Excuses


When is an excuse justified and how do we know when it is okay to give in or if we should tough it out? I find the only way to know is through experience.

swim-lessonsAt the moment Mark’s eldest son William is in the hospital as the doctors try to control his seizures. William has high special needs and this is one of several hospital trips over the years but the first when we have had our own child. So for the last few days I have been looking after Finn on my own and combined with some teething issues this meant that by time it came to me going for a swim this morning the excuses of ‘I’m too tired’ and ‘there is just too much other stuff going on’ were coming all too easy. I was even at the pool already, as Finn had his own swimming lesson and looking for any reason not to take him to crèche and to call it quits and go home.

As hard as it felt at the time I ended up getting in the pool and completing my swim set. By the end two things had happened. Firstly, I swam really well and actually completed one of my goals that I had set myself and six weeks ahead of schedule. Secondly, my mood had markedly improved and I actually felt more energised than before my swim.

It’s easy to find excuses not to train and even more so when you are a Mum. The old ‘too tired’ excuse will pop up a lot and sometimes it will be justified but other times we will need to push ourselves that little bit harder to train then before. This is one session that I need to remember in the future when the too hard excuses start to come. Just get in, turn your arms over and if it doesn’t happen get out. But you never know, you might surprise yourself. And remember, if it was easy everyone would do it.