Finding Time to Train

Another failed panda. Why am I not looking up? Because there’s a car coming at me.

I had such high hopes for the spring. With the warmer weather, I would get out and be able to do a training ride at least every other weekend. I would be challenged by other riders, or go solo in working on intervals. And maybe, just maybe, my speed and efficiency would improve noticeably.

It hasn’t worked out that way.

I seem to have trouble finding the time to do everything that needs to be done. I have to work the occasional weekend. The apartment always seems to need cleaning. The laundry piles up. The husband needs attention. The dog needs attention! And let’s not forget that I need to practice music, yet another discipline that I need to keep up. How do I find the time to ride, let alone the time to just sit down and relax?

I’m just riding when I can find the time, and I enjoy it when I can do it. But I’m not getting better at it, at least not in the dramatic way that I had envisioned. I’m thinking that for training purposes, I need to get a heart rate monitor to figure out my intensity levels, and I may need to actually bike to work more often, even though I don’t always enjoy doing it.

How do you do find the time to train? And can you give me any pointers on panda shots?