I'm a triathlete
, and that requires roughly 10 hours of exercise a week, or "training," as I call it. Most of the time I spend working out I am not alone. I am fortunate to have a team of women with whom I train. But the conundrum facing experienced and novice athletes is always time. How do you fit it in?
I get up at 4:30 a.m. four or five days a week. That schedule means sometimes I must train alone, even when it may go against my better judgment, like going for an early morning run
in 15-degree weather when even the streets of New York City are empty.
I also know about injuries. Anything can happen at any time -- all it takes is a fraction of a second for a bicycle wheel to hit rough road or for someone to cut you off. Accidents happen to the best and most experienced athletes with devastating and even deadly consequences
. I hit the pavement in Central Park about 6 years ago when I lost control of my bike. I landed head first over the front of the bike and my helmet bounced along the road as my life flashed before my eyes. Fortunately, I was with my teammates,