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How did you train with a newborn kid

Old 01-04-16, 04:00 PM
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I don't really identify with your description of the miserable parent. My post was a wee tongue in cheek. We are enablers. That is very satisfying.
My daughter wanted to be recruited by the NCAA (USA college soccer champions) - so she was.
My son wanted to ride for USA - so he did.

Neither would not have happened without us. That is satisfying.
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How did you train with a newborn kid
I would suggest doing 5 sets of 10 repetitions per exercise every 3 to 5 days. By the time the newborn is a toddler you will have developed a fair amount of strength and conditioning. By the time the kid is headed for college you will be extremely fit.
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Baby jogger. Then bike trailer.

One of my best seasons was when I trained by dragging my kids around in the Burley trailer up and down our hills.

Did a couple fun rides where I had a whole pack of people drafting of the trailer. Super fun. :-)

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So I explained the trailer - easy. The jogger...everyone has one although if you are a bike racer you may not want to run.
Here is the (lame) thing we did. The trailer was attached to the trailer (not shown in video).

Later ages bribe them to ride - or force them.
https://vimeo.com/150738045
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Found this....
https://vimeo.com/150744961
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I do not live through my kids. I don't have any intention of remaking myself in any of them. I sure do enjoy watching them grow up and get a good laugh at something one or the other says or does almost every day. Get the camera or phone out, record and Save some images and videos. They will look just about the same as most all the other family videos but they will be of people you used to know that have grown and changed.

Balance comes easy to bikes and life.
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Originally Posted by Vicegrip View Post
I do not live through my kids. I don't have any intention of remaking myself in any of them. I sure do enjoy watching them grow up and get a good laugh at something one or the other says or does almost every day. Get the camera or phone out, record and Save some images and videos. They will look just about the same as most all the other family videos but they will be of people you used to know that have grown and changed.

Balance comes easy to bikes and life.
Great Picture!
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Newborn/infant time goes by in a flash, to be replaced by the next phase.

Eventually they grow up, & you can get back in shape.
+1. You're on a 2-3 yr hiatus. Don't sweat it, and you'll get back to it in no time. This time is REALLY awesome, and only gets better and better as the kid gets older. Invest your time wisely now, it will pay off later.

When he's 1, throw him in a trailer and go from there--

The only realistic way I was able to find time was lunch rides during the work week....
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Putting your child and wife first is the obvious choice. Your hobbies will take a back seat for awhile. In the end, it is just a stage. As they get older your time will always shift around. I am a runner before I am a biker. I used to run after dinner. It was my time. I had to change that. Thus, I simply got up at 5:30 and ran then instead.
Having children does not mean that you give up everything but it does mean that priorities shift. You will get into a groove at some point and figure it out. Just when you do, the walking stage will come and you have to rearrange all over again. Then they stop taking naps, and it starts all over. It is part of the fun in life. Just go with it and figure it out as each stage passes.
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Different Take...

Originally Posted by Leinster View Post
Yes, put your child first...
I'd offer you a different take on this. First of all, congratulations to you and your wife on the little one. What a fun adventure!

Second, the marriage comes first, for many reasons related ultimately to the health of the two of you, your effective teamwork as parents, and the emotional health/development of your child. Children should not come first.

Just an observation on the current culture. Best to you. PG
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How did you train with a newborn kid

Give him a head start...
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Old 01-05-16, 02:29 PM
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My wife is a stay at home. We have 1 2-year old, and 1 1-year old. I've been able to continue my riding, and even racing, but had to reduce my weekly hours on the bike. However, that being said, I've been able to bike commute to work which has helped, and use the time to and from work to get in a good solid ride. This time of the year though requires having the proper bike lighting. The kids at this point are sleeping through the night (and "sleeping in"), so I am back to waking up at 5 am for a trainer ride as well. I can get a good 2+ hours each weekday now! Weekends are different. I used to be able to go out and hammer out a 100 miler, now not so much. Typical weekend rides I leave at sunrise, and am back in about 3 hours, well before noon, and not much later after the kids wake up. The rest of the day is family time & chores. My wife is cool enough though that she is ok with me doing two weekend rides as well! But I usually try to ride significantly less time-wise on the 1 of 2 days of weekend riding, like half of the time of my long ride. Another thing that helps is being able to ride when the kiddos take naps. Thankfully that happens a lot with our 1 year old. Our 2 year old has only about an hour of nap time per day now though, but he's an easier kiddo to take care of, and can just about take care of himself now sans changing his diaper. So it's pretty easy going with him. I've even used the trainer while he plays - always make sure that he can't get to the spokes and whatnot of the bike.

Don't stop riding. In my opinion, I think it's a good thing to do to rub off on your children. No one child needs a parent to hover over them constantly. Put the kiddo down for a nap and get on the bike. It gets better as they get older anyways, as they become more independent. You say you don't want a trainer, but being fit from using a trainer can help you enjoy when you are able to get outside to ride. Invest in a good blutooth if you have a phone capable of that. I have a nice earpiece that I can receive calls. I've also invested in a two seater Burley trailer. I've put many miles on that with the kids in tow. Gives mommy a break, and I get a great workout in with the extra weight! I've gone on 30 to 40 milers with the kids in tow.

Also helps to have a wife that understands that yes - it does keep me sane. Riding also reflects the work I do. I work hard on the bike just as I do at my job. She knows my work isn't easy, and I know being a stay at home mom isn't easy. She also understands that being a stay at home mom doesn't put food on the table and a roof over our heads. ;-) In the end, use your time wisely & you can find time to ride.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
I'd offer you a different take on this. First of all, congratulations to you and your wife on the little one. What a fun adventure!

Second, the marriage comes first, for many reasons related ultimately to the health of the two of you, your effective teamwork as parents, and the emotional health/development of your child. Children should not come first.

Just an observation on the current culture. Best to you. PG
I agree, it really is all about teamwork. Don't agree that marriage comes first though. It's all important, nothing comes first, and everything gets "equal" attention. The time I spend with my wife and kids is just as good as time with just my wife and I for our marriage. We do miss going out on dates like we used to, but it doesn't hurt our marriage. Our dates happen when the kids go to bed. ;-)
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One bit of caution on the trailer bit - you can't put a newborn in a trailer and ride with them. Mainly because they can't support having a helmet on. Some do it anyway and have the kid in there without a helmet. I believe I waited until my firstborn was about 10 months (recommendations all say 1 year) but he was built like a tiny tank. It was "OK". some kids like it others don't. Jut don't rely on it as a consistent form of training.

IIRC I started training with power around the time my son was born in order to try to get the most out of the time I made for riding.


This was when he was 1 month old. He is in the bouncy chair next to the trainer.

I did get him to go on some rides with me...


...but I found riding with him an a trailer on open roads was a bit too much of a risk for me. It's one thing if I get hit - another if he gets hit too.

Now he spends all day hanging out in my bike shop with his nose pinned to his kindle or iPad, sleeping, or playing my old PS2. The 3 yr old jumps on a bike first thing and tries to either jump it off of everything in the place or "fix it".

...OK it can be fun but man it takes a helluva lot of time for that to happen.

Also FWIW I believe when I had my first I was complaining out here about having to miss a ride because I had to "babysit" my son. Someone responded with, "When they're yours it's called 'PARENTING'." We still use that one to this day. "What re you doing Saturday?" "I think I'm 'PARENTING'."
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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
I agree, it really is all about teamwork. Don't agree that marriage comes first though. It's all important, nothing comes first, and everything gets "equal" attention. The time I spend with my wife and kids is just as good as time with just my wife and I for our marriage. We do miss going out on dates like we used to, but it doesn't hurt our marriage. Our dates happen when the kids go to bed. ;-)
I get what he was getting at though. I have seen kids "destroy" a lot of marriages - or rather a lot of parents end up so consumed with the kid(s) that they end up realizing they never work on their marriage - wake up one day and realize they don't even really like that other person.
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
I get what he was getting at though. I have seen kids "destroy" a lot of marriages - or rather a lot of parents end up so consumed with the kid(s) that they end up realizing they never work on their marriage - wake up one day and realize they don't even really like that other person.
I bet that does happen... unfortunately. :-( And good point about kids being too young to ride in the trailer... gotta wait till at least 1 year old and can hold up their head with a good amount of stability... and same with the dangers of the road. I'm lucky to live in a small town with not much traffic & good routes for trailer use. :-) But even at that, being winter and all, the trailer is pretty much just a stroller for the next few months. :-/
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Didn't read the whole thread, but with a 3.5 month old I can say that I have not ridden... so, I am no help.
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I have to say, as an obsessed cyclist whose wife is digging in the claws on starting a family, this thread is mildly depressing. I ride seven days a week, whenever I want, for generally however long I want (that statement isn't meant to dig the new Dad's here, just provide context). And just finally feel conditioned enough to do some racing. My fear of becoming a fat slob whose only hobby is changing the TV channel is very real.
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You might want to poll the dads that ride less because of kids and see how many regret it.
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A friend of mine just completed his first Ironman last month; he's a 40+ dad to a 4 and a <1 year old, but still managed to squeeze his rides, runs and swims in. It did help that his wife is the breadwinner, and also that she bought into the IM being his goal and supported him in it 100%.

His first FB post on returning home afterwards was to offer his Tri bike up for sale. Not his off-road ride, though.
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I have a 2 year old at home and another one on the way in 2 months.

For me its waking up early. We put our daughter down a little later than some parents (8:30-9:00pm) and she wakes up around 8. So I can easily fit a 2 hour ride in before anyone is up. My goal from 2015 was to ride three days a week. Riding from sunrise until 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00. My wife was great about the two days that our daughter would wake up before I got home.

To balance me being gone those two mornings, I wake up with my daughter every other day. It's my responsibility and I've started to love having breakfast just me and her before I go to work.

Now that #2 is on the way we'll see how things go. I just got a trainer so I think I will be relying on that even throughout the summer.

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I have a 2 year old at home and another one on the way in 2 months.

For me its waking up early. We put our daughter down a little later than some parents (8:30-9:00pm) and she wakes up around 8. So I can easily fit a 2 hour ride in before anyone is up. My goal from 2015 was to ride three days a week. Riding from sunrise until 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00. My wife was great about the two days that our daughter would wake up before I got home.

To balance me being gone those two mornings, I wake up with my daughter every other day. It's my responsibility and I've started to love having breakfast just me and her before I go to work.

Now that #2 is on the way we'll see how things go. I just got a trainer so I think I will be relying on that even throughout the summer.
Good to get into this habit now. In a few years when your kids start doing sports or other activities, you'll find yourself on the dawn patrol during the weekends too.
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Now that #2 is on the way we'll see how things go.
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I had to cut back - shorter and fewer rides. When our kids got a little older and more independent, I resumed my activities.
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