Apologies for the provocative title. There’s actually a good technical question behind that.
How can I design a training plan that accounts for being a single parent half the time? Former spouse and I will be alternating 2-day weekday blocks and 3-day weekend blocks sharing custody of our child.
In short: every other weekend, I won’t be able to complete any long training sessions. We limit TV and electronics, so a 1-h training session on those weekend days for me will be the most I can do. Maybe add a 1h stroll with my daughter for fun - at less than 10 mph, I don’t expect that to affect my training at all. On the flip side, I’ll have free reigns every other weekends to ride longer.
My ability to do anything longer than 2 hours during the week is basically nil.
I’m sure I’m not the only age group athlete in that situation. How can I best structure a training plan that can accommodate my parental situation, allow me to focus on my daughter on the days where I have her, and allow me to train productively around that on and off schedule?
Does anyone have good experience or recommendations to share?