This problem weighs heavily on me. I LOVE jiu jitsu. I love time on the mat, I love learning and coaching....but I hate seeing my kids only on the weekends when I live in the same house with them. So, like I said in the beginning you've got to make time for whats important in your life. Right now, for me, its my family. I have to step away from jits for a little bit and get the rest of this under control, spend some quality time with my replicated DNA and enjoy my life instead of feeling guilty about family, jits and training all the time.
Phew...man that feels better. I'm still training for the Rome 35K and Milan full marathon races. I still go to the gym over lunch (instead stuffing my face at BK) to get strength training every week, but for now, my nights are devoted to my family. If that makes me a bad jits guy then so be it. When I'm an old (my kids would say 'older') man I'm not going to wish for more time on the mat, I will have wished for more time with my family. Until work (which is an unfortunate 'must do' until I retire) calms down, I am laying down my gi and belt for something much more important.
So I enter another season...
Unfortunately what I looked like this morning at 0530, on a dark country road in rural Italy slogging my way through the run was this guy - the Homer:
I have to admit, it was a bit of a kick in the crotch for me. Or, more appropriately it was a "what the hell happened to me" moment. There was a time when I could get out and log 7 miles without batting an eye. Apparently to do that you have to continue your training...who'd have thought!?! However, my knee's, ankle and foot all felt great during and after. I'm trying a new running form that has helped my recovery and injury prevention in my pre-race cycle runs. Its basically the bare foot running gate without being bare foot. I've read several articles on it, watched others train with it, and then got the debrief from them before I started training with it. So far I love it. It has shredded my calves several times, but I was warned about that.
So, now I get to hit jits tonight. Its been a week since I've been on the mat. The challenge this week for me will be getting my runs in while the family and I are on vacation in Germany. DOHP!!!
Anyway, bottom line is that I think it is something that is hanging over her that if she doesn't face before 40 she feels like she is going to regret. So, because I support her completely I did a little research and found a full marathon in April 2011 in Milan, Italy. Its 20 weeks away...piu' o meno...so training will have to begin on Monday....like this upcoming Monday :-p Which means I'll be back on a marathon training schedule within next 4 days because I plan to run it with her...like we did her first half marathon and she did with me on my first Triathlon.
I'm excited for her. I think it will be the crowning achievement of her 30's...not that she needs one considering whats she's accomplished :)
Wish us luck!