My recent experience probably won’t make you feel any better, but it might indicate that you’re not alone.
Last year I was able to put in about 7-10 hours a week training for my first middle distance. Even though our first son was born in October 2017, and I’m working a full time job. I was pretty proud on my consistency and being able to get out of bed early to get in some training. Also me and my wife had some good arrangements about our schedule, and I was very flexibel to any neccessary changes as well.
I’ve held on to this training schedule even after my A-race in september. Until Christmas time, which had me skipping some training sessions due to some time off from work and doing some additional family things. Off course very important and I love spending time with my family. But somehow the structure in my schedule was gone and I’ve had a hard time getting it back.
Also the last few weeks I’ve been coping with some illness of myself and our son as well. Which off course doesn’t really do any good for training and leaving my wife when I’m out for a run.
The coming period and season will even be a lot harder. Even though I’d expected it to be easier because our son is a little older now, but this also means less sleeping time during the day. Which have been some precious indoor training time for me.
And to add to that we’re expecting our second son in the end of July. Again I’m over the moon for that to happen. Unfortunately my wife currently hase some pregnancy issues, so I’m having to cover a lot of things around the house and with our son to keep her from doing to much.
So yesterday I did a new Ramp Test to get back into training again. And my FTP has fallen about 20% since last time. Whether this is due to my illness of the recent period, or because the lack of consistency I don’t know. All I know is that it felt really hard and I really blame myself for losing all that fitness that I’ve build last year.
How to go from here? I don’t know, yet. Probably just gettnig back into training and doing everything I can to get some consistency in training again. And I’ll be building my fitness from there and we’ll see what this year will bring me.