Friday, May 30, 2008

Training goes on and on and on....

Well I achieved my first goal of swimming 400 metres in a month last Friday. All thanks to Peter from PB Coaching. Swimming every day has been tiring, mostly because it involves getting up at 6am but I can always go to bed early to make up for it, which is exactly what I've been doing since acquiring a cold. :-(
The only reason I'm able to train for this ironman is simply because I've given up work. I don't know how someone could train this hard and hold down a job. I know fostering kids is a job too, and a stressful one recently at that, but I still have time now that they're at school to get training done. My day is usually like this; swim at 6am, return home by 8am, kids to school at 9am and then either cycling or running till they get home. Blogging, shopping, cooking, racing and everything else gets fitted in around all that!
Tony heads off to China next week for his big run across the desert so hopefully I'll be able to fit all my training in with him gone.
The foster kids will be with us a year in July and we're trying to think of a good way to mark that milestone. Any ideas?


jothemama said...

Loads of ideas! But I might have to think about it properly.

Off the top of my head: a little ceremony. In your house or garden, a 'marking the year' ceremony - everyone can make a little thing to represent your family, a drawing, a photo, a cake, whatever. Buy a special candle. And then you all talk a little about how things are going, where you were a year ago, your expectations then and now, fears and worries, old ones gone, new ones... realistic but positive.

Clear away all the difficulties, symbolically. Make room for the new. Talk about your hopes for the next year. Make affirmation: this year is_______. Make it something individual and for you all as a group.

Then go for a meal or a walk, or out to the zoo or whatever they fancy.

Mick said...

How about planting a tree, maybe one that bears fruit in July?

Good luck to Tony and well done with your swimming. It'll being doing your core muscles no end of good.

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spoon said...

hi Aisling. just taking a walk down memory lane. why am i not surprised that you're doing Iron(wo)man?!?!?!


I wish you all the best of luck with that. i can hardly believe a year's gone by and that the foster kids have been with you that long?!

on my side, fell in love, got engaged and walking down the aisle in November!!!! I'm so excited, my man is adorable, kind, generous and loving --i'm lucky!!

anyway, glad to see all is well with you.

Good luck wtih ironman!

spoon xxx

aquaasho said...

Thanks Jo and Mick for the suggestions, will think them over. I can't see us doing the talking thing, and I would love to plant something but I'm afraid with my gardening skills it would die! I will think over those ideas again thanks.

Hey Spoon! Great to hear from you again! Congrats on the wedding...will you be blogging about it? Maybe I'll get to see photos on flickr of the special day!!

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