You may have surmised from the age of me (46) and the age of my kids (11 and 7) that I had kids later in life. This wasn’t due to fertility issues or anything along those lines. Rather it was me waiting “for the right time.”
There was always something that seemed to need to get done before I could clear my schedule out enough to make room for kids. You know what I learned from this wait? There never is a right time. There will always be something that can hold you back from doing something on your “to do” list. Once I had my kids, yes, it added new challenges to my life, but it was and continues to be the best thing I’ve ever done.
The same kind of lesson can be applied to fitness goals. I find myself questioning why I chose this summer to add two triathlons to the schedule. I’ve got the kids home and the youngest still isn’t old enough to stay home on her own or under her brother’s supervision. In a year, that will change. And that in and of itself would make triathlon training a whole lot easier than it is right now.
But I have the urge to do triathlons this summer, so I’m not going to put it off. It means lots of creative scheduling on my part. It means spending most of some days unshowered as I go from one workout to carpooling to the next workout to writing an article to….you get the picture. I’m a little more tired than usual (I sure could use the occasional nap I get when the kids are in school). Social media is definitely taking a hit this summer and I’m not entirely thrilled with that, but I will put more effort into it when the kids are back in school. (something HAS to give in this scenario). When all is said and done, I don’t think I’ll regret picking this summer to do these races.
It’s never the right time–except when it is.
Have you ever let “it’s not the right time” get in your way?