“The Majestic Horse” Shares His Rules For Balancing Ironman Training, Family and Work.

Today’s guest blogger is TriForcer Jake “the Majestic Horse” Bailey.   Jake has a full time job with commute, travels often for work, he also has a wife and 3 kids.  Over the past 2 years Jake has gone from overweight newby to Ironman finisher (12:08 at IMCDA in June).  I’ve been blow away by his dedication to his training and how he manages to make it all work (I don’t think I could do it!)

After months of 5 am trainer sessions, jumping into the icy Oceanside Harbor is fun!

1. Don’t be the selfish athlete that only trains in the afternoons on the weekends: Make it a point to train early, so you have time for friends and loved ones over the majority of the weekend. Sometimes this means getting out earlier than 7 AM on a Sunday!

2. Plan openly with your partner: The more open you are about the training you need to get in during the week, the easier it is for them to work with you to make it happen. You won’t ever finish an Ironman race without the support of those closest to you.

3. Weekday evenings should be for family: For the majority of those that work, training sessions are hard to fit in during a regular work day. You have to commit to getting your workouts in before work and/or during your lunch hour. This sometimes means getting up before 5. Invest in a really good coffee machine.

4. When traveling for work, find a hotel with a gym and a lap pool.  They do exist!

Jake celebrates his 5:30 finish at Oceanside 70.3

Here’s an average work day:

4:30  Wakeup. Ginormous home-made latte (I’m a coffee snob) with a piece of almond butter toast.

4:55  On the road. In the water by 5:15.

6:00 Must finish swim by 6.

6:05  1-hour run

7:10  Shower at gym.

7:20  MUST be out the door by now, otherwise, all BART station parking spots taken.

7:45  Arrive at BART train station

8:30 Arrive at work

9:00 Snack (berries, yogurt, and nuts)

9:00 – 11:30 Work

11:30 Lunch (salad with chicken)

12:00 – 5:00 Work

5:15  BART train back to Orinda

6:00 Arrive at home (starving)

6:00 – 6:30 Dinner

6:30 – 8:30 Time with my 3 kids (piano practice, books, baths)

8:30 Starting to crash (my wife Ember knows the signs 🙂

8:30 – 9:00 Work emails

9:00 – 9:15 Prep workout clothes for next day

9:15 – 9:30 Talk with wife, and fall asleep immediately

9:30 – 10:30 Wife reads zombie books

Horse & coach celebrate after Jake’s IMCDA finish

For more on how busy TriForcers train, read Xterra Maui qualifier Sian Turner’s article on how she trains when she travels for work.  Or read how I trained for a sub 10 Ironman on 10 hours per week.

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