Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Sunday Report

Have you ever heard of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?  It's this whole theory that there are certain basic needs that must be met in every human before they can progress to things like friendship, love and intimacy.  For example, if you are starving, feeling insecure isn't really on your radar.  This theory has been on my mind this week.  There has been a lot going on at my house, and without going into detail, I will just say I'm totally emotionally exhausted.  Being the parent of a child with Asperger's is not an easy task - actually being a parent of any child is not an easy task.  I feel like in the Trimommy's Hierarchy of Needs the number 1 priority is my family, and let's face it, sometimes that takes every bit of my energy. If that priority isn't being met, training isn't even on the radar.

I started a ride tonight and didn't finish.  There was just nothing left.  I skipped 4 workouts this week.  I emailed my coach several times, and all she did was encourage me.  I am so thankful for that.  She gets it.  So I will call this week Recovery Week Act II.

Swim:  1h 2900 yds
Bike:  3h 48m 4s 53.29 mi
Run:  30m 3s 3.12 mi
Movement Prep:  5m

Total:  5h 23m 7s

I feel that this week has really given me a lot of perspective somehow, though.  I may not be any more fit than I was last week nor may I understand my child any better than I did last week, but one thing is for certain - he knows that I love him no matter what.  I guess that is not something I can really list under the training numbers, but it definitely counts for something.


  1. You're a great mom! Keep up the great work and you're rewards will be bountiful!


  2. Maybe having your son know that you love him doesn't go under training numbers, but it definitely counts for something! Don't be too hard on yourself for missing some workouts, they won't matter in the end! The time you put into being a great mom this work is far more important than any type of training!

  3. The universe goes by the "if you want something done right, give it to a busy person" principle. You're doing everything right. Sending virtual hugs!

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  5. (Lemme try this again.) You need a good cry! I always feel better after things like this pile up and I've had a good cry. Sounds like you've taken the bull by the horns on nutrition this week tho! (Small victories!) Thank God these are just "seasons" and this will return to a certain level of norm for the fam! Everybody's adjustment time may be peaking right now....hang in there my friend. XXOO from the Y.

  6. I think you just have your priorities straight - mom first, athlete second. Hugs to you.

  7. I agree completely with @Aimee. Being a great mom is job # 1. And it sounds like you ARE!

  8. For what it's worth about 2 years ago I decided to be a so-so athlete and a great mom - never regretted that decision! You are awesome!!!

  9. Wow Kelly- you are such a strong role model for "tri-mommies" everywhere. I think it IS IMPORTANT to know what priorities REALLY come first- family. Don't feel bad or sad- feel strong in the fact that you are showing all of us it really is OK to do what you need to do in order to keep your FAMILY happy and healthy :)

  10. i have a daughter with ocd and everything is a challenge. now that my full time training has picked up i am trying to fit it all in, and i too have had a week where i just couldn't get to the workouts. i am working on the mental part of it and NOT worrying about it. doing what I can and managing it all.

  11. every time I read your posts I smile-you're an amazing woman Kelly!!! Social Work 101 good ole Maslow :)
    NOT to add anything to your plate, but have you ever read Jodi Picoult?? I LOVE her books-reading her latest now, and I think you would like it...House Rules.
    Don't forget being the great Mom you are means taking care of you too-and my "ears" are always here for you :)

  12. Sounds to me like you got your priorities in order my friend!


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