I have to be at work one hour earlier than at my old division, but my mat training time at night will stay the same. This is a significant change, as I have been running in the morning before work. Soooo, my immediate plan is to run my usual two miles tomorrow morning, and then time how quickly I can jet to work and get ready. A mild work in progress but completely do-able.
This family/work/training balance is always a challenge. In order to compete at a higher level, one must make the competition a priority. No debate. My husband and I do not have children (by choice), so the time commitment is not an issue in our house. But darn, work has a way of cutting into training time. Not an issue if I only competed in smaller tournaments, but once you step it up to the international level, you learn quickly that many of your opponents train all day, everyday. This means I need to be extra smart and ultra-efficient with my training hours.
The hardest part for me is striking the fine balance when I move into a period of more intense training. There is a time to burn the candle at both ends, and a time to sit quiet and let the body recover. Too much candle burning, the body cries in the form of annoying injuries. Too much quiet time, the skill and the edge suffer. This is the challenge. The gauntlet. Speaking of which, I need to go to bed. Night.