Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: In Oregon looking for more hills to ride
Bikes: 2015 GT Grade Carbon 105, 2014 NS Bikes Eccentric, 2013 Norco Sight Killer B-1,2013 Lynskey R330,
Rotating shifts and training
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.