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Train early even on the weekends before the family rises, go to bed early every night to facilitate the early training even if it means missing the news or your favorite sitcom (wife and I hit the sack 8:30 most nights), make sure you're at least taking your 50% of kid-watch while you're home, and take your wife on a fancy date once a week. The last one is critical. It keeps you two connected, gets you away from the child, and allows her to allow you the time you need to train. The $$ and time invested there will pay big dividends when you want to go for those 3-4 hour rides on the weekend when you've been gone all week.
It works for me. Just my $.02.
You're right, though. IM is probably too much investment in the first year as new parents.
Would love to hear some secret training tips from some new parents out there.
just kiddin, bud. do what you need to do. i have faith in ya either way. tim
Good luck, and keep us updated!
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I agree with the other people who responded in that get up early to get the training in. It has been the best thing for me thus far. And since I live in MI most of my training has been done indoors on my treadmill and trainer. This will have to do. I do have a buddy however that did complete an IM while having a child in the same year and he did very well. You just have to find a balance between training time, family time and work.
I practice a lot of what TRIGUY has suggested. There was post about a month ago I believe Called "Does anyone have a job?. There were lots of responses regarding getting your training in as well as maintaining your family life.
Go to bed early (when possible / feedings and diapers), Train early. Make your training invisible to your family. I have read it takes 2 weeks to form a habit, I firmly believe that is true. Stick with the the early AM routine it works. Unfortunatly working out in the AM usually means doing most of your training indoors. I bought a Computrainer and I heavily depend on it, its great. I do get a little bit of cabin fever from time to time.
Good luck and with those long nights, it will get better.