Thursday, January 6, 2011

Work-Life Balance

Next week, my employer is relocating my desk to the HQ, 40-ish miles south of San Francisco.

I currently enjoy a 10-minute commute (by bike) from my apartment to my workplace in downtown San Fran. With the relocation, my commute will increase significantly to an hour (or more) each way. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to fit training in yet - I'm going to make it work, for sure, but I haven't figured out how. It's going to be hard.

I don't know that I'll be able to swim as regularly, but I hope to replace swims with runs and keep my ride frequency the same. I think the swim/run substitution is going to be okay - I have tons of room for improvement in the latter discipline and it shouldn't be hard to compensate for a slight decline in my swim performance.

I'm definitely not going to have the flexibility to log 20+ hour training weeks this year. Adjustments will be necessary and I'll have to focus more on quality than quantity. But again, I don't know how the puzzle's going to fit together yet. Thinking about this balancing act is stressing me out quite a bit more than it should, especially considering I haven't even having signed up for a single race in 2011.

I think I'll just continue loafing around and slacking off... it's kind of my version of sticking my head in the sand and ignoring it! Besides, it's not like I really have to start training for anything until the end of the month, right? RIGHT?

Anyway. I suppose these are the sacrifices you've got to make in order to keep the lights on and the fridge stocked. Shame I didn't win the lottery last week; it'd be nice to retire to a life of professional triathlete-ism!