Training Almost Over And Concerned 😳 Can I Really Do This

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Gina D.'s Comment
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We are training for 180 hours and I'm at 140 hours today. It's been REALLY rough training as a team... 3 people in a truck. I've had 4 showers in 3 weeks and when I do get food, I'm told "you don't have time to sit down". I basically sleep for 10 , wake up, wash my face and start driving for 10-11. I've never missed my husband more and he's always 5 feet from me. My husband says that this is just training and we have to suck it up and plow through but with 7 more days to go... I feel kind of numb not to mention dirty and exhausted. Is this the career? Husband and I have logged over 15k mikes in 19 days of driving- 2 1/2 days were sitting and waiting on loads. I want to drive and team with my husband but this feels like ... well I'll keep it upbeat. Looking for some motivation to keep on keeping on. I'm resigning from my 9-5 teaching job today and understand this is 24/7 job but feeling really torn about this pace. Is all training just brutal ? 😐 Maybe a good shower, bed with a bathroom close by would make me feel human again. This website always makes me feel better ... hopeful.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Sounds like you're almost there. If you don't have them yet, get baby wipes. They really help between showers. Once you and your husband start teaming together, you will work out a schedule that works for both of you. There are many husband and wife teams out there and you will do just fine. Training is fast paced and the hardest part. Trucks are tight enough places with one, but three. It gets better. Just understand that teams keep rolling. That's why companies love them. Good luck to you. We are here to help.

Susan D. 's Comment
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When I teamed with my man, we'd stop to shower at driver change time, if we had the time, or on one of our 30 minute breaks.

So close but so far away. I miss teaming up with him, but I actually have more time to spend with him since we each drive solo again.

Texaslady0804's Comment
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I drive team with my husband. He was also my trainer. I completely understand your comment of him being so close and yet missing him so much. I've said that very thing to my husband. We are getting better at taking time at the end of our driving shift to sit and talk before going to bed. But we run constantly. Just finished over 7k miles in a week and had 2 days left but no hours. Doing a RARE 34 now. You have to MAKE TIME FOR EACH OTHER. That may mean going into the sleeper to say hi on your 30, or whatever works for you. It can be done. I LOVE being with my husband all the time and do not want to be solo because he is always here to help me and I try to help him when I can. PATIENCE is key. You will have to work on a schedule. I'm the night driver because that is what works for us. We occasionally get a load that has a delay so will get to spend a little time together. Take it where you can get it. The first months are harder but as you are out here and get into a routine it gets better. GOOD LUCK to y'all.

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