First of all, congratulations on your Ironman finish and on becoming a
father. I am a father of three children (daughters - ages 7 and 3,
son - age 1) and was also down at Ironman Florida this year when you
were. It was a cool race, you're right on with that...
You won't become an overweight couch potato overnight, although I did
gain a lot of weight during the birth of my first child 7 years ago
(pre-triathlon days). Just be realistic about your time commitments.
It goes without saying that your most important job in the world will
be that of husband and father.
The timing is great because you've just come off of a whole year of
Ironman training and next year would be a good time to go short and do
things that don't require too much time committment like sprint /
Olympic distance tri's.
Here are a few tips that might be helpful based on my experiences in
trying to be a husband, father, employee, and triathlete:
1. Make sure your wife knows that she and your baby are the most
important things in your world. Period. Reaffirm that often.
2. Make the first three months after your baby's birth a "recovery
quarter". Do base training and keep your fitness level, but don't
race. Even if you could race, you'd risk violating the spirit of #1,
above. Your baby is a newborn only once, but the races will still be
there in the future.
3. Find the optimum time to train based on a joint agreement with your
wife. That might be early morning, lunch hour, or evening. Share in
the baby care tasks. Assume no more than one hour of training a day.
Assume no more than one two-hour long run/ride on weekends, after the
first three months.
4. Enjoy your baby.
5. Take care of your wife.
6. You'll be back in the swing of things, soon.
7. When your child is older, incorporate them into your training (ie,
baby jogger, bike trailer, etc.)
8. Crossing the finish line with your kids yelling "go Daddy" is an
awesome thing. Just wait until your child tells another kid, "Oh
yeah...well, my daddy is an Ironman." It'll make you cry.
IMFLA 2002 - 10:52
> Hi all... question:
> My wife and I are lucky enough to be expecting a baby boy (our first) in mid
> February. Unfortunately, I am also a totally ***ed tri-geek.... and
> although I'm completely fired up about my upcoming parenthood, I'm also
> worried that I am going to become an overweight couch potato b/c of the
> training that everyone says I'll no longer be able to do. All my colleagues
> at the office spout off 'you'll never be able to train again after February'
> or 'have fun on that bike now, you'll never see it again... ' etc ad
> I finished IM Florida a few weeks ago (my first, oh man how freakin cool was
> that!)..... I am off the Ironman circuit for 2003, but plan on doing
> Canada in 2004.
> Can any parents out there share with me their secrets for staying in shape
> through early parenthood? I know that long bike rides, etc are out for
> awhile and Im cool with that, just looking for some secrets from some people
> that have been there! Need some advice on how to maintain fitness or less
> time. Any books on the subject? I need to 'maintain' for most of 2003,
> maybe do a marathon or two and just try not to forget how to swim and
> Please Help !!!
> C***te NC