For the better part of the last 12 years, I have worked a rotating shift. It starts with two 12 hours day shifts, followed by two 12 hour night shifts with 24 hours between. After the four days, I get 4 days off and start it all over again. One side note here, they call it four days off, but it is hard to call the first day as a day off since I get off at 6AM that morning and end up sleeping for half of it. Anyway, I find this shift very hard to do any consistent training because after working the 12 hour shifts, I am pretty pooped out, not to mention it is the only time I get to spend with my kids on those days. I sometimes will get in a ride in the 24 hours between the day and night shift, but there is a price to be paid that whole night trying to stay awake. I did get a reprieve from this shift for the last last 6-7 weeks while we worked standard 40 hour,five days a week schedule, but that is going back to the standard rotation for the next 2 months. My question is, does anyone else work a rotating shift, and how do they fit training/riding into their schedule.? I am less then 2 weeks away from my first metric and am looking for any idea that I can get.
I don't rotate, but I am a deep nights nocturnal kind of guy.
Best advice I can offer is look at when you get home from each shift, consider traffic on your ride route, and set a time for riding each shift. Instead of moving your ride around, move the other stuff life throws at you around, schedule wise.
I know the pain of trying to keep the family time up front. I dread this winter when the warmer time to ride will be late afternoon vs early morning. Right now I can ride when I first get home to avoid the 100+ heat, sleep, and still be up in the evening when everyone is up and at home.