Training Plus One – It Begins
At Noosa Triathlon recently, my husband Mark and longtime friend Tim were reflecting on how our squad has changed since the early days. It didn’t seem like that long ago where our Noosa After Parties were all about drinking too much, staying out too late and having far too many sore heads around the next day. In contrast that afternoon we found ourselves with two sleeping babies in the corner, another couple of kids running around and atleast one other on the way (that we know of).
Our little one Finn has just turned 4 months old today and I find myself now wanting to be able to achieve what I could before falling pregnant. I think it is a common affliction of many people but especially new mums to google the answers to everything we want to know and my google searches over the past 12 months have been ‘training after a baby’, ‘endurance sports post pregnancy’, ‘when can I swim/cycle/run’ etc. Surprisingly I haven’t found a lot out there to satisfy me. Sure, there are some great stories about elite athletes namely Beth Gerdes who completed an Ironman 4 months after giving birth and then won Ironman Switzerland 9 months after that. Or Paula Radcliffe who won the 2007 New York Marathon 10 months after giving birth. But where are the more everyday stories where the women aren’t professional athletes and not able to train 10 hours per week during pregnancy due to work, kids or just feeling too tired, sore or sick?
This blog is for the mums who aren’t professional athletes but to whom sports and exercise has always been a key part of who they are. Sometimes it feels like we must give up a fair amount of our lives and the effect on our body to grow a baby for 9 months, give birth and then look after a newborn.
For me I have set myself a goal of completing the Cairns Ironman in June 2017. Keep in mind that this will be my 7th Ironman so I don’t recommend this for everyone! Training so far has been challenging in two ways. I’m trying to be patient with what I am capable of doing and not comparing myself to where I was pre-pregnancy. The second most challenging aspect is the constant time negotiations. Both with my husband Mark but mainly with scheduling training between feeds and sleeps which are only now becoming more predictable! Next time I’ll fill you in on my training during pregnancy and the initial frustrations of dealing with a body post birth that couldn’t even manage to get out of a chair properly!