I’m so proud of my wife. After giving birth our amazing daughter and not racing for 16 months she ripped the Surf City Marathon in Huntington beach a month ago… and she’s just getting started.
The reason I’m so proud of her is not just because she trained hard and had a good race. It’s because how patient she was coming back from pregnancy. In this day and age it seems like it’s a competition for women to see how quickly they can race and how much training they can get in right after having kids. It’s all over social media. Maggie put getting her body healthy and being a super mom at the top of the list before thinking about training to race…. and that’s going to pay off in the long run… For her body and for Fiona.
Once she was ready she started going for it and her body responded. Mario started coaching her a few months ago and in that time I’ve seen her frustrated and struggling to hit her workouts at first to progressing to absolutely destroying them. Watching her get fit again and train hard has been super motivating for me… and the fact that she balanced all of that while being a full time mom and taking care of our house on a daily basis is mind boggling. she’s pretty awesome and I’m the luckiest dude.
I’ve had a people ask me how we get everything done while raising our, now 9 month old, daughter. Maybe on social media it comes off as being easy but it’s definitely not. It’s hard work. Back before Fiona was born and we were both working and living in Southern California things were very simple. We both worked full time jobs and had to go into the office everyday. We’d get up at 5am, knock out a run, take a quick shower, work all day, and then come home and relax.
Now… We are parents, I work from home 95% of the time, Maggie is a stay at home mom… and our lives our busier and more tiring than ever. It’s a lot of work and planning on a daily basis to fit everything in and still manage to get some good sleep. Life is pretty much on full blast from the time we get up (530-630am – all depends on our little alarm clock… Fiona) until we totally pass out (8-9pm). Days and weeks have never passed so quickly and it never seems to slow down… but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love being a dad and a husband, I really like my job, even though it can be super demanding and unpredictable more often than I would like, I love running and riding, and I love to see Maggie working hard, training, and preparing to crush her goals.
We are also very lucky that Maggie’s mom moved here. She landed a killer job and lives close by. It’s been rad and super helpful. We can’t thank her enough for hanging out with Fi while we go on a date or hit the trails.
I guess the bottom line is we make it work. We both are charging after individual racing goals but not at the expense of family time and just having fun.