It’s 4:30am, and my alarm is going off for the third time. I set it for three different times in case I accidentally turn one of the alarms off. 4:03am. 4:20am (because it’s funny for this former high school teacher who’s students got a kick out of this particular number and begged to write the date on the board). 4:27am. I choose weird times so my brain doesn’t know when to expect the early wake up.
It doesn’t matter. I’m up at 3:50am.
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to stay up way past midnight and get up no earlier than 8:00am. That’s all changed with trying to fit in triathlon training around family and work schedules. Getting up early ensures that I get at least one of my two to three workouts for the day completed.
So, how do I motivate myself? Lots of ways! Please add some comments below and tell me how you motivate yourself to workout early in the morning, after work, or even late at night:
- I lie to myself. “It’s not that early.”
- New gear helps: “I get to wear my new swimsuit today!” Woohoo! Or, “I get to test out my new shoes, watch, tights, shirt, hat…”
- I joined US Masters Swimming, so my coach and teammates will wonder where I am if I miss a practice.
- I organize a 5am Meet Up run, so I know my running buddy is waiting for me on the corner at 4:45am in order to run up to the meet up location. No kidding. I used to think 6am was early.
- I get to show off my race gear. Yeah, I like to silently brag while wearing my Ironman Maryland cap.
- Strava will show that I didn’t train today.
- My friends on Garmin will rack up more miles than I did.
- I can go to Starbucks later and get a mocha and not feel that bad about it.
- I have a race or event to train for, and if I don’t workout, I won’t be ready.
- I can watch the sun rise while I run.
- I can run or bike through a new neighborhood or check out a new trail.
- I overcome my fears and know that anything is possible, especially in the open water.
- I meet the best people through triathlon and running.
- I can post another swim, bike, or run post on Facebook because that’s what I do all the time besides writing, reading, gardening, doing crafts, drinking decaf coffee, eating chocolate, or driving the kiddo to gymnastics.
- I am going to realize my dream of kicking butt into my 90s. Keep moving!
What motivates you? Leave a comment below!