Is there anything more synonymous with the start of a new year than hangovers and resolutions? For me, the hangover wasn’t too bad and I’m working off the same resolution list as in years past. On the top of the list continues to be “Achieve work/life balance…” and sure I’m one of a billion people with this same goal.
Trying to balance my time producing two MOMAR events and the Big Chop Summer Paddle Series with my demand of my day job and my family life is nothing short of challenging. And add to that, my need to get outside for some fun on the trails puts even more pressure on that delicate balance.
Back in March 2011, I signed up for Challenge by Choice’s Virtual Coaching Program. I was excited but skeptical that I could find consistancy long term. However, here I am, nine months later and, wow, what an impact the program has made on my life.
How it works? Simple. Adventure athlete and professional trainer, Jen Segger, set me up with daily workouts via the Training Peaks website. I would log in and see my workouts for the next few weeks. The workouts would always vary depending on my training goals but most of the training was running based with different types of workouts (e.g., fartleks, hills, tempo) on different terrain. She also included bike and strength workouts with different objectives for each.
The results have been awesome. Since March, I averaged over five hours a week of training, dropped 10+lbs and feel fitter than I have in a very long time. I attribute my success to the simple fact that I feel accountable not only to myself, but also to program and especially to Coach Jen. It’s a great feeling to get home from a hard workout and log the results into the program, get an email from Jen saying something along the lines of “Good work, B!”
I will admit that fitting the training time into my already busy schedule continues to be my biggest challenge. However, I’ve made it a priority and the delicate balancing act seems to be adjusting just fine.