The Give and Take

I’ve been back to work for a couple of weeks now and though I’m glad to be back at work, I also realized that there’s a whole host of new challenges with it. One thing I am glad I did was put kiddo in daycare for a few days at a time before I went back so that it wasn’t a ton of change all at once.

I work rotating shifts which makes it hard to settle into a routine. I just switched to the evening shift so my days look something like this:

0500-0700 wake up, feed baby, put baby back to sleep

0730-0830 baby wakes up, top baby off, dress her for “school”

0830-0900 hubs takes her to school

0900-1200 eat breakfast, do some chores, work out

1200-1400 eat lunch, prep for work

1400-2200 work

2200-0500 next day try to sleep in between nightly feedings. Last night she was up every other hour, ugh. Some of it I think is she misses nursing so when I’m available she tries to maximize the opportunity.

It’s also a challenge for P because he’s essentially on baby duty all day. He packs her up for school, takes her and picks her up and puts her to bed. Even though he gets a better sleep period because he doesn’t have to do the night feedings, if she’s being crabby there’s not really anyone he can tap out with since I’m at work. Thankfully, she’s a pretty happy baby and he’s really amazing with her.

Workouts

Getting back into shape has been more difficult than I could understand. I’m about 8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight and everything I hear tells me those last few pounds tend to hang on. Since I’m also breastfeeding, I’m a little nervous to do anything that might disrupt the supply so now that I’m working out longer and more often, I’m careful to drink a ton of water and also make sure I’m eating well enough.

I’m in week 4 of my training plan for Ironman 70.3 Augusta and it’s going mostly well. Another plus side to the second shift is it’s easier to work out in the mornings for me. It’s less hot and there’s less people around. Plus, the pool I prefer has stupid hours in the afternoon and evening which makes it hard to get my swim workouts in when I’m on first shift. At the same time, workouts are hard because I feel like I’m tired all the time since I’m up and down so frequently at night. I also feel like I hardly see my baby since she’s at daycare during the day and I’m at work at night. There are some days, mainly on the weekends, where I can’t find a good time to squeeze the workout of the day in. The pool is closed on Sundays and they only have childcare in the mornings on Saturdays and there’s no pool at that location so sometimes I either have to re-jiggle the workout schedule, sub something else in, or just accept that it as an unplanned rest day.

I know that I’m building a base right now, but I also know that I’m not going to set any speed records at Augusta and anyway, I’m going to spend at least 20-30 minutes in there pumping so that’ll slow my overall time, too. I’m just trying to get back into shape and have a good race without too much soreness and part of that is accepting that my fitness level is not the same as it was last year and I’m still rebuilding.

 

 

Mother’s Day, Part 2

I meant to post this sometime closer to last month, but time really gets away from you with little ones!

Most things went according to plan. I had a three-hour window to pick up my packet the day before and Mini-Me decided to take a long afternoon nap so I had to wait for her to wake up, feed her, and then we could leave for the park.

I just kept her in her carseat and stroller combo because I didn’t intend to stay long. I met another woman with her six-month-old and we chatted about motherhood and getting back into the swing of things postpartum.

I packed my bag back home, filled up my tires, and put my bike and everything in the car. I also prepped bottles. We use the Kiinde system so although I can pump directly into the bags, I usually pump into a bottle and then measure it out into the bags so I know how much she’s eating at each feeding.

The night before she must have known something was up because she kept waking up and I started feeling a bit of a sniffle that did eventually turn into a cold for both of us. Around six she was starting to wake up (again) so I prepped a bottle for her and went and woke P up so I could leave and have time to stop by Starbucks on the way.

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The field was pretty small, maybe 70 people total? Which I like because I hate getting kicked or swam over. They started us all in one wave so I put myself towards the back and still had some people swimming into me because they’d swum too far right or left. It was pretty annoying but I just let them pass. The water was really warm and felt great and I took my time.

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I decided to wear socks with my cycling shoes for the bike portion and realized I’d left my water bottle at home. Whoops. Again, I was determined to take it easy so I cycled pretty slowly for the course and enjoyed the honeysuckle in bloom. I don’t think I passed a single person on the bike.

The run, like the bike, was an out-and-back and felt a lot longer than expected. I did a run/walk between the cones to keep myself going and took water and Gatorade whenever offered.

Still, I finished in only ten minutes slower than my time from last year so that was super nice. I didn’t stay for awards but I should have because I took first in my age group (out of 2!) but I wanted to get home so I washed off in the bathroom and pumped on the way home.

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I was really sore for a couple of days afterwards but it was so much fun to get out and back in the race scene and I’m ready to get back into more training again.