So I'm usually not a morning person. I like my sleep and lazy mornings. However, I've decided to do early morning workouts most workdays for the following reasons:
- Some days I have two workouts... and it is much more manageable to do 1 workout before work, and another one after.
- Even if I only have one workout scheduled, I would prefer to only shower ONCE per day.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY... the gym is EMPTY!
I work out at the Campus Recreation center, and with the new year/new semester/Spring Break on the horizon, the gym and pool are jam-packed with college students in the afternoon and evenings. There are only FOUR lanes in the pool, so waiting is inevitable; and the strength areas are super busy so there is MORE waiting (and students likely to laugh at me in spandex looking like a hot mess)... no thanks.
So, early AM it is!! It is a GHOST TOWN in there... when I get emails from students dated 1:45AM, I wonder why ;)
YES, early morning workouts are great... it's just a matter of being ready and STARTING THEM!!
Here's how my morning went:
5:15 AM: Alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
5:23 AM: I get up, hem and haw about going to the gym or not.
5:28 AM: turn coffee on, heat up oatmeal (prepared last night)
5:35 AM: grab gym bag (pre-packed last night)
.....it took 20 minutes to leave the house?? I had EVERYTHING ready!!
5:45 AM: Arrive at gym. Dawdle in the locker room... check email on phone... etc....
5:52 AM: Push Off!!
... it took me 7 minutes to start my workout, when I already had my swimsuit on, goggles foggled, and workout written and plastic-bagged? WTH was I doing??
6:49 AM: get out of pool.
6:51 rinse off in shower
6:55 take my time changing...
7:00 start strength training (8:00 AM finish)
... 11 minutes for this "transition" - really? My T1 at IMAZ was < 5 minutes with about a 1/4mi run!
If I love sleep so much, I could have slept for THIRTY more minutes and finished my workouts at 8AM!
My total alarm-->start swim time was 37 minutes. Pathetic, but like any training plan, I have to establish a baseline...
And next time I am going to SMOKE it!! :)