My son TJ was born in March of 2012. Shortly after that I signed up for Timberman 70.3 and managed to have a solid lead up to the race. It was a challenge, but I did what needed to be done. 4am workouts, lunchtime swims and very limited sleep was sustainable for a short time, and I pulled out a solid 4:41 for the race. I was pretty happy with the time, and allowed myself to slack off afterwards. Turns out that focused training period took it's toll and I struggled to regain the mental and physical rhythm needed to get back into training.
I tried setting some new goals, but when I started my new job in November, my routine was turned upside down. My commute tripled in length and my work hours shifted. Now I was at my desk by 6am and didn't get any free time until 8pm once TJ was asleep. It wasn't a good time to prioritize training for a triathlon.
So I did what I could to stay active, raced a duathlon in February and did some physical therapy to work on an irritated shoulder. A few weeks of good training would be followed by a week or two of inconsistent training. Not what you want for fitness gains.