I don’t like having limited time to ride. That’s life though, there is only so much time. I want to get out there and spend the day riding. But obligations to family and friends makes it difficult. It’s important to mange the time on and off the bike to keep yourself and everyone else happy. This is not always easy and most of the time compromises have to be made.
Having a consistent schedule is important, it helps tremendously when scheduling training. I’m able to have set hours with work these days. It’s convenient because I know that I’m able to get a good workout in afterwork. If I need to do something in the evening, I will still have time. Although most days I’d rather take it easy and hit the sack early. Sleep is really important too!
For weekends I like to plan long rides starting early. This way I can spend the day out on the bike. And I have evenings to spend with family and friends. There are times when this is difficult because of obligations that occur during the day. But that is where planing ahead comes in.
This past weekend, I was able to fill an entire Saturday and get in a quality ride. I had to start early, bit it was well worth it. The day started with climb up Lookout Mountain. Jessica even got another flat, but I was done in time to drive down to the Spring for my niece’s fourth birthday party. Then a family BBQ. After that I went to a baseball game. Then I had to drive back to Denver for Jessica’s going away party. It was a full day, that’s for sure, but the proper scheduling allowed me to keep friends and family happy. I was also able to do what I wanted to, and that was ride.