Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Balancing Act

I'm a little bit distracted lately. Still working on finding that balance between being a good mother, wife, employee, and triathlete. And still trying to be true to myself. It's tough. I've missed workouts lately just because I wanted to stay up too late (or all night I might add) playing games or hanging out with J.T. and/or the kids. And I am going to miss a lot of events I had wanted to do in the next couple of months because now that the baseball schedules are out I see many conflicts. And Competitive Lana just doesn't hold a candle to Competitive Mom. So out the door with the Saturday morning metric centuries and all that good stuff. They will be here when my kids are older. It does leave a bit of an unsettled feeling in the bottom of stomach, though. Like, I think I might could be doing a bit better than I am. I have times when I think I can. Then I have times when I think that my plate is full, and if I don't just chill out and enjoy myself a little I'm gonna be way burned out. Maybe a I need a better schedule. And maybe I need to force myself to stick to it. I'm kinda flying by the seat of my pants right now, and that's not working. But then again, I have to be flexible with all that we have going on. I need some kind of resolve, though. Something.

Enough about me, though. How about a great big CONGRATULATIONS to Papa Louie!!!! He ran the Boston Marathon, in those awful conditions, in 3:12!!!! He is a machine.

7 comments:

Joe said...

Don't feel bad. You're doing the right thing. Like you said, all of that stuff will still be there when your kids are older. It will probably be even more fun then because your kids can race with you.

Like you, I've had to compromise but I look forward to the day when I can race with my son.

Bridgette said...

Kid stuff completely outweighs race stuff!

Phil said...

I’m sure you’re a great mother and wife and you’re quickly discovering why most of our population is in such horrible shape; they just don't think they have the time to do anything except shuttle kids around. As you’re kids get older, the time you need to dedicate to their needs increases dramatically. However, you’ll figure out how to get in your work-outs around their various demands. You won’t always be able to get in the quality work-outs you want, but you’ll stay fit. For example, the demands of my job have increased recently with early morning meetings across town. This has precluded running my long runs before work, so I switched to running them during my daughter’s 2 hour soccer practices. I can’t get in the hill work I’d like, but I’m still getting in the mileage.

You’re a smart women, you’ll adapt just fine.

TRI Vortex said...

I call this the T3 of triathlon. Balancing life, love, friends, responsibility, and family. It is an important stage of triathlon for us to grow and improve as athletes and people.

Congrats Papa Louie! Those conditions were sick. And speaking of sick, hopefully he doesn't come down with anything from being out there.

Mallie said...

Lana, I think everything that you accomplish in a week is absolutely amazing. Taking a break from a few centuries to spend time with family and re-prioritze isn't a big deal. You'll only come back stronger and more determined.

Papa Louie said...

You sound like wonder woman. I don't know how a woman can manage a family, career, live a healthy life style and survive. It has to be love that motivates you to care for your family even if you have to set aside your wants. God bless you and your family.

Lance Notstrong said...

I never missed a baseball game, basketball game, scout meeting, field trip, you name. My kids are 19 and 14 now. All we do is Friday night football anymore but I'm glad I was at all the other events.