Mommy to R (8.23.11) and K (6.21.14).
I am a triathlete (IM and ultradistance) and the key is finding a gym/pool with a childcare center. If you can get up early, that's great, but there are times during your training where you will need to do two-a-days and need to work something out.
DS usually goes to the gym childcare when I swim and run (our gym is next to a dedicated bike path). I get my mid-week rides in (30-50 miles) over a long lunch at work. On those days I usually come in early and leave later to make up the time. Thankfully, we're on flex time with my job, where as long as you put your 40 hours in, they don't really care. On my weekend long rides (100+ miles), DH watches DS.
You can make it happen if you put your mind to it and you have to be flexible. It can be hard for me sometimes, since DH also does ultradistance triathlon (double/triple Iron distance), so he puts in longer training hours than me. We make it work, because it's an important part of our lives.
I had planned on doing a tri, but switched to a du because of the swimming. I am just not a strong swimmer and decided to skip it and stick to the run/bike/run.
I work out 2 hours/day. Luckily I go to a gym that watches my kids while I exercise. I used to just ride the bike there and run on the treadmill, but was recently given permission to leave the kids there and exercise outside. It has been amazing. I can run/bike wherever I want. I just keep my cell on my arm so if they call me, I can come back. Well worth the $100/month I pay to go there.
~after 34 cycles we finally got our 2nd little bundle of joy~
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