Want to know what it’s like to run your own fitness business? We caught up with Caoimhe Bamber, co-founder of Digme Fitness, mum of two and Ironman extraordinaire to see what an average day looks like for her – and yes it involves a lot of sweat and no it's not 9-5!
I love getting up early. I’ll either pop down to Digme Richmond for a spin, head to the park for a run or sit down and enjoy a quiet coffee while I catch up on work. Geoff (business and life partner!) and I have two little boys. Alex is four and Ben is nearly two. They tend to wake up at 8am, so I love feeling like I’ve got a head start on my day before then.
The boys wake up! I live and work in Richmond so my commute is a five-minute walk. Prior to setting up Digme, I worked as a lawyer in the City, so I really appreciate the benefits of the short commute. We drop the boys at nursery and get to the office by 9am. I work three days a week and spend the other days with the boys. Inevitably, there’s work to do on those days but I fit it in early/late in the day.
Arrive at the office. First thing’s first; I need breakfast – I just don’t function without coffee and food first thing in the morning. After that, I’m easy.
I’ll typically have a salad or sushi for lunch but I am the least fussy person when it comes to food and I don’t tend to snack.
I finish work just before 6pm so I can pick up the little guys from nursery. We’re so lucky to have so many amazing green spaces on our doorstep, including Richmond Park and Kew Gardens so we like to spend our free time exploring them. I sometimes run with the boys in a double running stroller!
Since having the boys, I’ve been racing shorter distances (half-marathons and marathons, Ironman 70.3) because I just don’t have the same huge chunks of time to devote to endurance events. I’ll get back to that stuff when the boys are older. (Still sounds pretty ‘long’ to us Caoimhe!)
Dinner time! Geoff and I love cooking but again, we don’t have the time we used to have to indulge in this. So we make lots of quick but healthy recipes - the boys love baking which is always great fun!
It's time to put the boys to bed and chill - when I say chill I actually mean do some more work and emails before getting a good nights sleep! I've started to realise just how important sleep is the last few months!
Until next time,
Team ESC x