@mountainrunner nailed it. This is me, too!
It’s more that I’m exhausted by 9 pm. But I love my early morning rides, outdoor or indoor, it doesn’t matter.
I’ve been away too long… it’s down the coast to MB and up from there to Santa Monica etc. As a native of the area, I felt obligated to correct myself here.
The other thing about early morning rides (and runs) is the peaceful solitude. That a workout (the world gets different when doing two-fers) is done means life, work, fatigue, poor eating won’t block or wreak the afternoon attempt. Again, the calculus changes for two a day days.
I completely agree with this. It’s the ‘me time’, whether this is in the garage watching things on Netflix that my family will not, or on the road, chasing the sunrise.
I also love the sense that ‘I’ve got the work done’ before, as you suggest, the events of the day get in the way.
In lockdown in the UK, I went out early at 7am in the summer - was lovely, still, cool and quiet. Plus, as the hobbits said in Lord of the rings, I could have second breakfast after. Now I’m back at work teaching, God NO - too much to do and too tired…do it as a stress buster straight after work.
Also as a UK teacher, I’m too knackered after work to train! First thing in the morning before work, get to school feeling great
Remember you are getting stronger before you get up at 5:30am, then during your workout you are getting weaker.
It was actually the issue that you highlight that resulted in me giving up alcohol completely - drinking wine or beer, then trying to get up at 05:30 to train was exhausting and counterproductive. For me, no wine = earlier to bed, better sleep, and so better training
When I’m balancing intensity and volume correctly I get this on Tuesday and Friday mornings - the days I have my hard workouts scheduled.
I never get it on Wednesday and Thursday when I’m doing endurance.
When I stop looking forward to the hard days I know I’m overcooking it and need to dial things back
Not at all. Love the challenge in the dark winter mornings…Eastern Time US
I don’t know that I anticipate it, but it is a much better time for me to get it in, whether that’s a work day or NOT. Usually if I wait, something inevitably gets in the way as the day progresses. Getting out of bed in the early morning hours also affords me the time to get it done BEFORE the rest of the family rises. It’s also a GREAT way to start the day!
Im always happy to go to bed & if i got to sleep in until 5:30 i would be i’d probably be a lot faster😂
I spend much of the season eagerly awaiting my 0500 ride but currently I’m pretty glad it’s my off season.