I believe I work long hours compared to most. This is made worse since almost every day I have a long commute into the rotten apple. My typical day has me in the shower no later than 6:15 AM but once or twice a week I need to be in early which means I'm up an hour or so earlier those days. My team is international so it isn't uncommon for me to have a teleconference early with Europe or late with folks in Asia.
On the other side of the clock I consider it is a successful day when I'm home by 7pm. Sometimes, like last night, my girls have obligations or events that I need and often want to attend. As musicians, they have concerts and lessons. As athletes, they have games, meets or practices. My wife does most of the kid fetching but sometimes the physics of two kids needing to be in two places at the same time needs the solution of two parents when car pools don't align. When that happens this parent isn't training. Time is a precious commodity in my life.
Most nights I start my workouts about 9pm. As an example, last night I got home about 7:30 then off to Amanda's track meet. Her race was at 8:00pm and we timed it perfectly. She did well taking 6 seconds off her best time in the 600m but claimed that she barfed after we left her there to cheer on the rest of her team - no photo evidence though. Courtney's soccer practice ended at 830pm. The net of this was that I got on the bike for my 60 minute trainer ride starting at 8:54pm.
The biggest issue with training late night is the risk of something claiming time unexpectedly. If the trains are screwed up due to snow (we haven't had any weather issues this year - NOT), I can get backed up. Of course the obvious solution is to get up early. I've tried the 4am shift but I seem to be wrecked most of the day afterwards.
Weekends aren't as much of an issue yet but as they year goes on, the training volume will increase. Volume means finding more time to train. Time is finite. Prioritization is a challenge and there aren't a lot of efficiency gains on the horizon. Let's not even talk about most runs being in the dark. That almost can be viewed as specificity as I expect to be running during IMFL way past dusk.
Please don't view this post as a rant or any sort of a pity party. It isn't. Just an issue that I'm working on and while closure by solving this would be great to have, it ain't happening soon. Definitely not before my run tonight, nor my bike and swim tomorrow, nor my run on Sunday.....