I was hoping you might help me w/ my slight existential crisis. I started doing tris in 2013 and did pretty well in local races. My goal, without any kind of "life" barrier would be to qualify for the international distance national race in 2017. To do this, I'd really really have to focus and train, but it is definitely not unobtainable.
Our kid is almost 2, and this year marked my return to tris. Another mom finished her race around when I did at Luray in VA and we were both so freaking emotional -- it was both of our first races back. I did two races toward the back of the summer after finally getting back into real training in late Spring 2016. As usual, the times were tempting enough to feel like I could actually begin to place in local races if I kept it going
I have a fairly flexible job, but it still requires work product & actual face time. what's hard is balancing the kid + work + sleep + workout combination. I find that I can usually get away for about 1.5 hrs during the day (incl transport to wherever) without much of a problem. Weekends are a lot harder because we're both home and our sort of sense is that we should spend as much time with our kiddo as possible. so working out has had to happen at 6:30 am or bust, which even with a kid, is really really hard for me (I'm an academic! We sleep late! Or we walk around like zombies when we wake up at 6:00AM and tend to the kiddo). when it was warmer, I did a good job of pounding out about 35 miles at most, 25 was more typical. I just can't be out for too many hours on the weekend without spouse getting mad (I definitely don't feel guilty, though, about training)
So here's the thing: is it reasonable to try to push for a competitive olympic race at this point given the time limitations (yes, I could DO an olympic, but do it well to my standards?) Should I stick with sprints, where the swim can either be something that I end up finishing in top 10, or get crushed and fall behind for the rest of the race because of all the college swimmers? What's your schedule? How do you balance stuff.