Ironman Cozumel Update



Unfortunately, life got in the way the week leading into Ironman Cozumel.  I started feeling run down the Sunday prior to the race.  I felt tired and a little sneezy.  I figured it was just a cold and and I wasn’t worried as I knew I would be better by race day.  The cold got a little worse on Monday and Tuesday prior to the race.  I was also fatigued.  Although I was in taper time, very short workouts felt like a struggle.  My lungs were starting to hurt and I was finding it difficult to breathe.  The morning we were supposed to leave for travel, St. Louis had a rare November snowstorm and Caroline had a snow day.  In the mist of trying to figure out how to get the kids to Grandma’s in the snow storm, make it to the airport on time and battle this virus; Nate and I made a very difficult decision to stay home.  Nate did not feel that my body was well enough to handle an Iron distance.  He didn’t want me to get even more sick and risk my health.  Ultimately, it was my decision as I know my body best and I listened to my inner voice (which is tempting to ignore) and decided to stay home.

I was disappointed not to be able to race, but I didn’t dwell on it.  Caroline had a snow day and had a blast in the snow.  Caroline and Nate made an Olaf snowman and Connor and Caroline went sledding.  I remember back in 2011 I was unable to race at the London WTS race due to a calf strain the week before the race. I remember bawling in bed for a couple hours and just being devastated for a few days.   One of the many blessings that my children bring me is life balance and putting things in perspective.

My lungs started to improve each day and I was glad to get a few projects completed around the house that take a back seat during race season.  My racing season began back in April, so this has been a long haul so far for 2018.  The one aspect that stung about not racing was all the hours of training that I would not be able to put towards a start line.  A few days ago, I talked with Nate about doing Challenge Daytona.   It’s a race that’s close to home and in an awesome location.  How cool would it be to start and finish a race on a race track?  I decided to get in a few training sessions to test out my body to see if I would be able to handle one final training push before the close of the 2018 season.  I also wanted to see how my body recovered from last weeks illness.  I have never raced in December before, so this is something new for me, but I am really motivated to get on the start line after a race cancellation in September, a crash in October and an illness in November!  I am excited to make this race happen in December!

Happy Thanksgiving and I wish you all a very wonderful holiday.

Nations Triathlon Canceled



As I type this blog now, I am headed to DC to race my fourth Escape Series race for the year (including Escape from Alcatraz).  Hard to believe that it’s already September and my 2018 season is winding down.  Sitting down and having time to reflect and write a blog these days is a rare opportunity.  I am sure those of you with a toddler on the go can relate!   Thinking back to last April when I began my race season, in some ways it seems like ages ago because of how much the kids have changed since then.  Connor has grown up so much since last spring; he’s learned to walk (although now can run!) and he’s learning so many new words every day.  He is usually sleeping though the night now, but we still have a night one a week or so where he is up a couple of times a night.  My sweet baby has turned into such a busy, sweet and fun loving toddler.  Caroline has grown up so much as well as she is now a Kindergartner and getting busy with her own activities like soccer, swimming and show choir.

It’s an unknown how the remainder of my season will play out, but I am proud of my racing results thus far.  I have raced in six races this year (second at the first race and won the last five).  Last winter, there were many days I thought should throw in the towel and retire as it was a hard adjustment training on little sleep and training during the cold, wintry days.  Back then I told myself to simply focus on the goals and the tasks for that day and not think too far in the future.  I would simply just focus on how I felt that day, or that workout and adjust as needed.  This year, I have only focused on one race at a time.  My mantra this year has been to try and do as little “work” (training) as possible in order to maximize my fitness for race day.  I try to get in my key workouts each week, but I also try to avoid going to the deep well in training.  I figure that I can save some of the extra reserves for race day.  Cutting back on some training volume has given me more energy for my kids and less risk of illness/injury.  After giving birth to Caroline, I felt that I had something to prove, that I had to show that I could return to racing after a baby and still be the same athlete I was before.   This left me with the notion that I had to train harder and train even more intensely.  Although I probably had the best training of my career in the couple of years after she was born, I also had some of my worst injuries.  I had some great races, but had to miss out on some key races and training due to illness and injury.  Looking back, I feel that I was pushing to envelope too hard and too often.

After having Connor, I didn’t feel like I needed to prove anything.  I was much more flexible with my training schedule and not sure how my training would translate in my racing results.  I let that pressure within myself let go a bit.  I still had that competitive fire to compete the very best on race day, but I also was wanting to have more balance in my training.  I didn’t need to compete X amount of hard bike/runs/and swims a week.  Maybe this week I will only hit one hard run and that’s ok.  I’m training hard, but saving energy to have that family balance and I am 100% ok with that.

This year, I have had some of my lowest weekly volumes in my swimming and running.  I may not have quite the top end speed of my ITU days, but most importantly, I am really listening to my body when I am feeling tired.  I joke that I don’t really need to do an easy third workout of the day since I spend all afternoon and evening chasing my little boy around and playing with my daughter, but it’s really true.  What I do now in-between workouts looks very different now than it did 15, 10 or even 6 years ago.  These days though, what I do in between workouts may sometimes feel hard, but it’s so much more fun and very rewarding.

All year I have been thinking back and forth in my mind, “Should I try and Ironman?”  Most of my racing this year has been close to home for several reasons.  Traveling a far distance is tough on the body. I was never very good with jet lag in the past.  Also, I like racing close to home because I can be away for just a couple of days and then be back with the kids.  If a race is within driving distance, than the kids can come along with me!  Emotionally, I feel like I haven’t been able to handle being away from the kids longer than three or four days and a long travel trip would be require being away for at least a week.  With not as many Olympic distance non drafting opportunities now as there were four years ago, I naturally look at longer distance racing as an option.  I am now at the later stages of my career and thinking about what do I want to accomplish as I finish out my career. This year there are new qualifying procedures for 70.3 and Ironman racing (winning an Ironman qualifies you for the World Championships).   I qualified for the 2019 70.3 World Championships last month by winning Ironman 70.3 Steelhead and looking at possibly trying to qualify for the Ironman World Champs next month in Louisville.  As I head into this race; I won’t be overcooked. I may lack some experience at this distance and stepping into some uncharted waters for myself.  There are many unknowns about this distance that can only be answered and achieved by toeing the line and stepping up to race.

 

 

Flying back home last Saturday I continued my blog below:

 

The Nations Escape Triathlon Series race would have been my seventh race of the year; but unfortunately due to weather, it was cancelled.There was some flooding on the course and with more rain to come in the morning, the organizers decided it would be in the best interest of the athletes to cancel the event as per safety concerns.  This morning the swim portion of the race was cancelled, followed by a full race cancellation this afternoon.

Looking at the extended forecast early in the week, Nate and I contemplated cancelling our flights and hotel reservation in fear of a race cancellation.  We have been in this business for quite some time and I just had a feeling in my gut it may be cancelled.  I was looking at the weather that was headed towards DC and I was certain it would be a duathlon, but thought there was a chance we may still race.  We figured that we would be more disappointed if we didn’t go and there was a race, so off we went.

Last night there was heavy rain and thunderstorms for several hours.  Light rain continued today and heavy rain was in the forecast for the morning.  This system was remnants of a tropical storms over the Gulf that affected much of the country.  Unfortunately, the prize money was not split amongst the professional athletes (which is what normally happens in most races when a race is cancelled to help cover the cost of travel).   Being a big city race, this was an expensive travel cost for my family which was a big reason why we were tempted to cancel the trip earlier in the week in case the race were to be cancelled.   Nate and I can joke in the future years how much fun we had on our one day, $2,500.00 date to DC!

Once I heard the race was cancelled, we headed back to the hotel, changed our flights (decided to go ahead and pay the change flight fee) and got on an evening flight back to St. Louis.  It will be nice to spend Sunday home with the family and then it will be back to hard training Monday.  I won’t need a few extra days recovery as I normally do, so back to training it will be.

My thoughts have transitioned to what will likely be my last race of the year on October 14th, Ironman Louisville.   I have a month to go to include some long, solid training into my schedule before my final 2018 race.  September is one of my favorite times of the year to train.  Typically the humidity drops, but the days are still warm and the leaves haven’t fallen yet.  Best wishes to everyone with their end of season racing and training.  Don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

Performance Bicycle May National Bike Month



Thanks Performance Bicycle for the new shoes!! Stay tuned for more videos to come!

2018 Update



2018 Season Update

It’s been a long time since I have written a blog. I have been wanting to write a blog, but free time to sit and write has not been available the better part of the last six months.
My 2017 season was short and sweet. I finished with an Olympic distance race in September and knew that my body would not be ready to race a 70.3 distance in October. Connor was also not taking bottle, so that meant racing a longer distance race was impossible.

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It was a blessing that my season did end in September because my amazing infant sleeper went through the four month sleep regression and never seemed to get out of it! We did not experience a sleep regression with Caroline, so this was new for us. Last fall/winter was tough because Connor was waking up usually every 2 hours and although I was in bed for roughly ten hours, I woke up exhausted every morning. Caroline was in preschool 2x a week, so napping during the day was not an option either. Around 5-6 months, Connor was also getting fussy at the gym so my two hour time slot at the gym usually turned into maybe a 45 minute workout. Fortunately, it was the off-season, but mentally I was thinking in my mind how am I going to do this? Race? Train?

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Around mid December, my husband realized that I needed help during the night so we started breaking up the night being on “Connor duty”. I was with Connor from 8-3AM and Nate had Connor from 3-6:30AM. Although I would still be up three or four times per night, as long as I had a three or four hour stretch of solid sleep, I felt so much better. This change gave me the ability to start actually training again.
Currently Connor is still waking frequently, but with cold season on it’s way out, I can tell his sleeping is improving. Some of his night wakings were related to back to back colds and he had two months of stuffy noses, coughing and a few nights of fevers. With little babies loving to put everything in their mouths, all the babies at the gym drop off were all sharing colds! He also has a tough time self settling, so hopefully he will get the hang of it once he is a little older. I am trying to keep him on a more regular schedule with meals and napping, so hopefully that will be another factor towards improving his sleep. With frequently wakings, I usually try to go to sleep the same time as my kids, so that when I get woken up at 10:30 or 11:00pm, I have at least had a block of two hours of sleep verses having just fallen asleep. That has helped me a lot with training, but definitely doesn’t leave much time in the day for much else…!

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For the most part, I feel like I am getting back into a training groove. I have been training solo and have been coaching myself, but I am actually enjoying it most of the time. I usually do around 2-3 hours of training a day with one day off per week. My Dad is training for a half marathon, so he has been running on the treadmill while I have been cycling on the trainer. It’s nice to have a little company a few times per week and we are watching the series, “The Americans” together while we train. Nate has been coaching a high school girls team and hasn’t been making it to the gym with me, but by March he will be able to join me for a couple of workouts a week. What I enjoy about coaching myself at the moment is that I can dictate workouts based on how I am feeling on the day or even during the workout. I have so many external factors that influence my day to day activities and energy levels, so I feel it is beneficial for me not to have a plan written out in advance. I have a general plan the day before about whether I will swim/bike or run and then I will construct my workout during my warm-up. A few workouts I have felt surprisingly better than expected, so I will then add additional bike or run intervals to my workouts. There have also been days where I have felt really run down, so I back off and really listen to my body. Of course there are those days where I have a sick child who has been up at night or needs extra cuddles during the day, so that will throw a curve in my training for the day. I am also trying to stick to a plan of running only every other day and keeping my mileage fairly low at this point (usually only 20-25 miles/week). I don’t want to encounter a stress reaction or fracture while breastfeeding (I experienced this when Caroline was 11 months). Training and nursing has been easier over the winter months verses race season. I remember trying to keep up with hydration while breastfeeding in the summer months was tough, but it doesn’t seem to be nearly as difficult in the winter.

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Life has been busy but so rewarding. It’s such a joy watching Connor grow each day and seeing Caroline grow into a big sister role has been great. I can’t wait until spring/summer when the kids will join me back on the race course and we will all recover at the pool.

I am excited for the 2018 season to get underway. My first race back will be in April, which I know will be here soon enough! I am pleased with how my fitness has been progressing and I always love to get out on the race course and push myself! Thank you to my partners for the 2018 season:
BlueSeventy
ISM Seats
Groove Life
Mission Athlete
Sram Road/Zipp/ Quarq
Performance Bicycles/Fuji
Rudy Project
TriFlare

12 Days of Christmas 2017



12 Days of Christmas Special

December is here and with that brings holiday cheer! I want to honor all of my sponsors and partners who have supported and thank them with some great Christmas Cheer!  Beginning on December 11th and ending on December 22nd, I will have a prize awarded each day on my Facebook page (Sarah Haskins Triathlete Page). All that is required for the contest is to like my page and look for a post each day that will feature the Christmas gift. How to win the prize each day is simple; the first person to like and comment on the post will be awarded the prize! Stay tuned and Happy Holidays!
Thank you to my partners and supporters over this 2017 year. I will provide free shipping to those who live in the lower 48!

12 Days Christmas Giveaway
Dec. 11th Blue Seventy
Dec. 12th Fuji Bikes
Dec. 13th Groove Life
Dec. 14th ISM
Dec. 15th Mission Athlete
Dec. 16th Rudy Project
Dec. 17th Skechers Performance
Dec. 18th Sampson
Dec. 19th SRAM
Dec. 20th TriFlare
Dec. 21st Zipp
Dec. 22nd Performance Bicycle

 

Scavenger hunt!!!




At my upcoming races this fall I will be doing a scavenger hunt for some awesome gear. You will need to find one of the three stars: green, yellow, or blue to win a prize.  I will be hiding these stars around the cities where the races are taking place.  I will be posting clues on twitter to find them.  Find a star and present it to me for some awesome gear.   1 coin equals 1 prize.    Be sure to follow me on Twitter @sarahhaskinstri for your chance to find a star and win a prize!

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The first race will be Escape to Des Moines Triathlon. I will be giving away gear from Groove Life, a his and hers ring set, Blue Seventy goggles with swim cap, and Glukos Energy Powder.

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The second race will be the Nations Triathlon in Washington DC: I will be giving away an ISM saddle, Mission Athlete Gear, and Rudy Project Sun Glasses.
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The third race will be the Escape Lake Geneva Triathlon Race. I will be giving away Zipp Bar Tape with Zipp Visor, and a pair of Skechers Running shoes, and Rudy Project Boost 01 Helemt.

 

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The fourth race will be the Ironman Miami 70.3. I will be giving away:
Triflare Sarah Haskins Bikini, Fuji bikes T-shirt, and a SRAM PC1170 11 speed Chain

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Three and a Half Months In….



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Time for writing a blog has become very scarce these days; however, this afternoon Connor happens to be taking a longer nap and Caroline went to the waterpark with her cousins.  Being a family of four adds so much joy.  It’s fun having a baby again in the house and it’s a wonderful gift for Caroline to have a sibling (although it may have taken her a couple of months to adjust to being a big sister).

What has my training schedule looked like the past couple of months?

Connor is now old enough to be in the infant room at the gym for two hours, so that allows some additional flexibility in getting in training at the gym and a possible swim workout with Nate.  Training solo most of the time is tough, so it is nice to have that time to train with him.

 

I am finally starting to feel like my body is returning back to it’s normal self (with the exception of making milk).  After my second pregnancy, it felt like my uterus took longer to shrink back to normal.  As I mentioned in the previous blog when I started back up with running at five weeks, I felt terrible.  My core felt very loose and I felt disconnected.  Over the next few weeks, I started to feel better.  However, at the beginning of July, I twisted my back funny and had to take three weeks off running.   The course of getting back in shape has been slightly bumpy, but I am always navigating uncharted territory and learning along the way.  This time around when I resumed running a few of weeks ago, my core and hip strength felt much better than when I started five weeks postpartum. I am slowly easing back into mileage; however, I do have a race in less than three weeks!   With that thought in the back of my head; I have to have a different mindset for my first race back and I look at it as more of a stepping stone.  I know that I won’t  be back to 100% race fitness until the end of the year (or whenever that time arrives?!)  I have been able to consistently swim and cycle now for about two months and I feel that my fitness is improving well in all three disciplines.  I have not had as much time yet in the running discipline (I have only been running for about two of the last six months), but it is great to see progress each week.

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So what does a typical training day look like?

Connor has been sleeping great the past month and both him and his sister go to bed around 9PM.  I try to go to sleep shortly after the kids as I am exhausted by the end of the day!  Connor sometimes wakes up around 5:30-5:45AM, but some mornings he sleeps until 7 or 7:30AM!  It helps that he is 18 pounds and can handle more milk at once.  Once the kids are up, fed and dressed; we usually head to the gym around 8:30AM.  I usually get in a swim/strength session from 9-11AM and then we have lunch and play at the pool for a few hours.  After we get home and unwind for a bit, Dad (Nate) or Grandma (my Mom) help to watch Caroline and Connor for an hour or two in the afternoon while I do a ride or a run.  After that it’s playing at the park or swimming at the neighborhood pool until dinner, bath, watching part of a Disney movie, bed time snack, book reading in bed, and nursing the baby….and then time for me to shower and sleep!

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Twice a week, my Mom watches the kids so that I can ride outside for my quality rides.  The past few months have really been a balancing and juggling act trying to fit it all in, but the reality is that it can be done.  Flexibility helps in navigating workouts and I often create my workouts minutes before doing them depending on how I feel at that moment and how much time I have to get in my training before my baby will be hungry.  As Connor gets older, I will have a little more structure in my training.

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How am I progressing my running with a race in a few weeks?

After Caroline, I focused on core strength.  I began doing a Pilates class 2x a week.  I found this has really helped me after both pregnancies and has helped me get back to running with more of a solid foundation.  I am again focusing on treating Pilates class with as much importance as a swim, bike or run workout.

In addition, all my easy runs are uphill on the treadmill.  I have found that running hard on the treadmill has been too much risk for injury as my joints and ligaments are not ready and it’s too much risk to be pushed too soon.  While running outside, I typically try to run at a moderate pace, focusing on good mechanics, with 1k-2 mile stretches with 1-2 min walks between.  I feel like I get much more out of this style of running verses running long and slow.  When I run slow, I feel like my mechanics and form are worse, so I am trying to keep workouts as efficient and effective as possible.  I am saving my slow, easy runs for the treadmill (usually 3-7% grade at 6.5-7mph).  The uphill running on the treadmill, also forces me to activate my glutes.

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Why am I racing four months after giving birth?

I always wanted to have another baby after Caroline.  I knew that I wanted more than one child, but I also wanted to try to not take a full year off of work and instead have two partial years of work.  Last year, I worked (raced) until July and this year I will be able to work (race) for the last quarter of the year.  With that being said, I love racing and knowing that I have an upcoming race approaching excites me and motives me in my training.  As I mentioned earlier, I am not expecting to be at 100% fitness, but I am using each race as a great way to gain fitness and race before the winter off- season approaches.

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GLUKOS Breakfast Smoothie



Every morning I make a breakfast smoothie for my family.  My four year old daughter can not wait to drink her smoothie in the morning.  She wakes up excited to drink this healthy concoction on a daily basis.  Recently smoothies have been getting a bad wrap in the media due to the amount of sugar that can be packed inside of them.  However, you can make them extremely healthy and packed full of nutrients.  The smoothies are a great balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fats.

The smoothie ingredients are:

50 grams of Natural PB

50 grams GLUKOS Protein Powder

15 grams Flax Seed

50 grams Frozen Spinach

100 grams Frozen Banana

200 grams Frozen Blueberries

50 grams of Carrots

800 grams of Water

The amount per serving are as follows, 40% Fat, 37.5% Carbs, 22.5% Protein

Serving Size Calories Fat Carb Protein Dietary Fiber Sugar
450 Grams 257 11.68 23.92 14.12 5.814 11.64
450 Grams 257 11.68 23.92 14.12 5.814 11.64
365 Grams 208.65 9.47 19.4 11.45 4.716 9.44

 

 

New Partnership with Groove Life



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I am excited to announce a new partnership with Groove Life.  Groove Life is the exclusive maker of Active, Silicone Wedding Bands that Breathe.  I love my Groove Life rings. They are stylish and super comfortable.  My husband and I wear our Groove Life rings 90% of the time.  As a professional triathlete, I am constantly removing my wedding band with diamonds while swimming, cycling and strength training.  I was also scratching my son with my wedding band while nursing. When I removed the band, I was usually placing it in the cup holder of the car, in the gym locker, gym bag, on the counter at home; wherever it was convenient.  I was always worried about losing the band.  Now my band is in a safe place and I put it on for special occasions. I recommend this product to anyone that lives an active lifestyle.  I am now able to train, race and travel comfortably in a wedding band!

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Thanks to Groove Life for the awesome rings and new partnership.

 

Six Weeks Postpartum Update



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Connor has been in this world for almost six weeks now and it’s hard to imagine a life without him!  The first month was definitely an adjustment, especially for his big sister, but our family is now beginning to get into a routine.

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Rewind to April 24th and I was headed to the hospital that evening for an induction.  I was not induced with Caroline, so it was a little different feeling this time heading to the hospital and not knowing what to expect.  I didn’t know if he would be born that night or the following day.  It was advised for me to get an induction with Connor because PVC’s were heard in utero, which basically means that his heart rate was irregular.  I was assured that this occurrence clears up shortly after birth and we were very happy that Connor was indeed born healthy.  He weighed an entire pound bigger than Caroline at 8 lbs 3 oz. (and he was born on his due date, Caroline was one week late!).  The later part of labor was a bit more challenging verses having Caroline due to his sideways position in my birth canal and him having a “big” head (at least that is what the nurses were telling me at the end of labor).   I had to really work hard during the pushing phase of labor and it really did feel like an athletic event.  I was also exhausted by the time I got to the end of labor because I did not sleep more than five minutes that entire night before.  I was supposed to try and sleep while getting induced, but with two different IVs and monitors around my waist, constant beeping and the anticipation of labor…sleep was not happening for me!

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All the hard work was more than worth it when I got to meet Connor!  Our top two names were Henry and Connor, but ultimately decided on Connor just a few minutes after he was born.  Connor began eating well from the get go and has continued to feed great!  Just like his sister, he is on track to double his birth weight soon!  I love all the chubby rolls he is accumulating all over his little body.  It’s fun to track newborns progression.  Last week he learned to roll from front to back and he started starring intently into our eyes!

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I was very sore the first few days after labor, but three days after giving birth I was surprised how much better I was feeling.  I could sit and stand without pain, which was important coming home with a baby and a three year old!  The hardest part the first month after a baby is sleep deprivation.  This time around I also had to learn to balance the needs of a baby and a little girl.  Caroline has really adjusted well to having a baby brother and she is very sweet with him.

 

When I returned home from the hospital, I was going on adrenaline.  I feel like the adrenaline rush lasted for about a week and then fatigue hit me hard.  The first couple of weeks I tried to take nap every day, if possible.  Caroline still had preschool the first three weeks after Connor was born, so I was able to get in a little more rest.  Newborns are required to eat every two to three hours around the clock the first two weeks.  Fortunately, most nights Connor does a pretty good job about going back to bed after his feedings, so that helps tremendously.  After two weeks, Connor could go longer stretches at night (four hours, if he lets me!).  He does not have a set sleep schedule but he usually goes to bed around 10pm and sleeps until 1:30 or 2AM to nurse.  He goes back down around 2:45 and then wakes again around 5AM to nurse.  On a good night he is up twice and on a rough night he is up three times a night.

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Nate sleeps in another room so that he can get solid, uninterrupted sleep.  We decided that there was not a point in us both being exhausted.  At 5AM, I hand off Connor to Nate and that way I go back to bed for another two hours of sleep (unless Caroline wakes me before then!).  It is advised now that baby’s sleep in your room for the first year as this has shown to reduce SIDS.  It is nice to have Connor right next to me in a bassinet; although sometimes it is hard to sleep soundly because newborns are noisy when they sleep!  Connor is such a chill baby, he doesn’t cry much but when he starts to get hungry in the middle of the night he starts grunting and stirring in his sleep.  This noise usually wakes me before he is fussing loudly.  One thing I noticed is with my second child is that I am much more used to interrupted sleep.  My body does not seem to be as phased by this process.

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So, what does training look like with this schedule?  Most literature says to wait six weeks before beginning an exercise program, but my doctor is ok with my starting as soon as I feel ok.  I waited about three weeks to begin swimming and cycling.  I waited just under five weeks before I began running.  Currently swimming and cycling are progressing.  Most of my workouts are short due to nursing every couple of hours.  Next month, I will begin pumping so that I can extend a few workouts a little longer without taking nursing breaks.  Connor can drink a bottle that Nate will give him that I pumped prior to the workout.

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My first run back felt awful.  I felt extremely disconnected and I felt like my lower abdominals were extremely weak.  I have completed three 5k runs so far and each run has felt much better; however, I feel like I have a long way to go!  For now I am avoiding running two days in a row as I notice the pelvic floor is needs a little more recovery between my runs.  With my second pregnancy, I felt my abdominals stretched much more and I had a bigger baby due to the fact that it was my second pregnancy.

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A huge part of my exercise depends on how much sleep I got the night before.  Even though my sleep is chunked up in 1-4 hour segments throughout the night, I notice that as long as I get 7.5 hours of divided sleep I feel good enough to train around two-three hours the following day.  If I get around 6-7, I feel functional and pretty good to workout an hour or two.  If I get less than six hours I feel pretty exhausted and may just move my body easy for about 45 minutes or take a nap!

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When I began swim training, I was wearing the suits that I wore in the middle of my pregnancy.  They were very stretched out and I felt like I was swimming with a bucket down the front of my suit.  Whether I am swimming, cycling and especially running, I need much more support for my chest.  Nursing changes my top from a size A to a size C, so this is quite an adjustment for me.  I need a very tight suit while swimming for support and to reduce drag.  I also need a very supportive sports bra while running. In addition, I find that it is best to pump or nurse just before a run workout to help be more comfortable while running.

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A few days I have felt great getting back into working out; while other days have been really tough.  At times I feel overwhelmed thinking about all the hard work ahead to return back to race fitness.  When I begin to feel this way, I think about focusing on one day at a time and focus on making small improvements each day.
I am also trying to soak up all the amazing moments with our little boy (and Caroline). It is true that babies change every day and we try to capture the special moments through pictures and video so that we can look back in a few years when we are past the baby stage.  I do have a goal to race towards the end of the summer, so I will announce a race schedule soon.

Best regards,

Sarah

 

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