My alarm went off at 4:45 am this morning. I don’t recall waking up on purpose at that time in a really, really long time. It was so early, I woke up with a headache from lack of sleep. I planned on going to sleep early last night, like 9pm. But, the light finally went out at 10:30 after I ready about 20 pages in the Hunger Games. (we’ll come back to that topic later)
So, why in the world did I get up on purpose at 4:45 am this morning? As the title of this post suggests, it was for my first tri work out since last summer. This is my third year to train for a triathlon and it is also my third different triathlon team with which to train. I have liked the last two teams I trained with, but the locations and times of work outs just didn’t quite work out for my family’s crazy schedule. Apparently no one in my family is doing anything other than sleeping at 4:45 am so I thought that would be a great time to get a work out in. I guess I don’t really need any sleep myself.
Anyway, back to 4:45 am, I rolled out of bed and the first thing I did before I even went to the bathroom was run downstairs to start the coffee pot. (ours doesn’t have a timer, but I had set it up the night before) I used to be one of those people who thought it was disgusting to drink coffee before a workout. Apparently in my old age, I have changed my opinion on that subject. I don’t think I would have been able to focus to drive to the gym at now 5:00 am if I didn’t have that coffee.
I somehow manage to make it to the gym by 5:25, just in time to locate the cycling room and be the only moron in the class who couldn’t adjust their bike themselves. I finally get someone to help me and I’m ready to go. The class is completely full, like 30 people. Apparently other people get up at this time on a regular basis. My bike was int he last row, but usually I feel like I’m racing everyone around me and go too hard and too fast my first day. I tried to hold back today so that I can walk tomorrow. Plus, after we did the class for 45 minutes, we were off to run 2 1/2 miles. Normally I can run 2 1/2 miles easily, but they don’t call them “bricks” for nothing. I just never seem to get used to running right after getting off a bike. I did it and I even kept pace with two of the girls training for a half ironman. WooHoo!
Day 1 of training complete: 45 minutes of indoor cycling and 2.5 miles run. and DONE!