Next week it's back to teaching at Ithaca College, except usually I just teach 1 or 2 days down there. This semester I am covering for the full-time flute professor who is on sabbatical. I will be teaching 3 full days, including one overnighter each week. I've been a little bit stressed about how everything is going to work, and how I'm going to fit everything in.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities at Ithaca College, I will also be performing with the Ithaca Wind Quintet, and continuing performing with Dolce Flutes, my flute quartet. In fact, Dolce Flutes has two upcoming concerts in the next month. (You can like us on Facebook if you want updates.)
And of course, I am still coaching triathletes at my YMCA...oh, yeah, and trying to fit in my own training!
This is a big reason I decided to race the Rev3 Quassy Olympic instead of the half-iron distance in June. Still, though, I am nervous about how it will all happen. The interesting thing about this is that most of the triathletes I know and coach work full time and have families. They seem to make it work. I think I have been very spoiled with my line of work. I can often get training done while I am "working" too. I guess I should think of this semester as a time to expand my understanding to triathletes that have what I would consider a "real job." (And let me just say to all of you mommies and daddies who stay home, your job is most definitely a "real job" in my book. It takes so much energy and time in a very different way than working full time. I want to give all of you props who do this!!)
I've already started to think of ways to manage my time a little bit better than I do now. Here are some of them:
- Get everything (gym bags, work bags, computer bags, flute bags, lunch bags...clearly I have too many bags) ready the night before...NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Plan a weekly menu and shop for that. I go in phases with menu planning. Lately, I've just been kind of winging it, but I have also had the luxury of being able to go to the grocery store a couple times a week to get whatever I have forgotten or didn't plan for. I will not be able to make multiple trips anymore, so I must plan!
- Schedule my training in my calendar. I use Training Peaks for my training log, but I am usually fairly loose as to when during the day I get the workout done. If I am not scheduling time (and that includes the time it takes to get to and from the gym, etc.) to get training done, it gets cut short.
- Stay on top of my nutrition. I have noticed that when I eat junk it really affects me, not only physically, but also emotionally. I can fall into a funk VERY easily if I am not eating the way I should. This is going to play a huge part in my "training" during this busy time.
- Remember to rest. I am going to try to be very good about unplugging at 9 p.m. and going to bed. I have a really bad habit of getting sucked into stuff online and then losing track of time and going to bed much later than I should. I can't afford to be sleep-deprived.
I would love to hear what your strategies are for making sure your training gets done despite a crazy schedule. I'll take any help I can get!!