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2010-01-07 1:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Tips/ tricks for getting out there early
I skimmed this so apologize if it was mentioned.

My AM workout is usually a run.  When it's going to be cold, I sleep in my base layer that I will wear for the run.  Not only are they comfy sleeping clothes, but it SEEMS to make getting out the door much easier.  Plus I have warm clothes on not cold ones out of the drawer, which makes the shock of the cold outside a little easier.

But mostly, as my Nike shoes would tell me... just do it.


2010-01-07 1:27 PM
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I agree with the making it a habit comments, and keep a consistent bed time if at all possible.  Sleep cycles are real, so if you can more or less plan on waking up at the end of a cycle (even if it's less hours of sleep), you feel more refreshed and less groggy.
2010-01-07 2:53 PM
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I have my bag/clothes ready and get right out of bed when my alarm goes off. 

One snooze will become more snoozes so I don't even start. 
2010-01-07 5:12 PM
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2010-01-07 5:22 PM
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Since I am on for IM St george May 1, getting my backside outta bed is neccesary. Not that I 'like' it.

What works for me is giving myself 45 minutes to eat something and read a little, to allow myself to wake up. I set the time I need to be starting and with 10 minutes to go, while I get dressed(in my bathroom where I have a space heater blasting to prevent me from complaining of being cold) I put my ipod on and get some music in my head.

If I think to much, I will be at risk of trying to convince myself that staying in bed is such a nicer option than running in the cold. So everything is broken down into minutes.

I also subscribe to making myself do 20 minutes of run or bike, and if I just can't deal, I can stop and go home, since once I'm out its all good.

I also let myself b$%ch and moan to my hearts content, sometimes for the duration of the session.

I'm not above bribing myself with coca-cola either. As in "Get out of bed, do your run and you can have a coke."
2010-01-07 5:30 PM
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On the days when you don't have training, allow yourself the sleep in.  I plan my sessions so the days I have to get to work early are not the same days I have no training on.  Find it helps getting 8+ hours every now and then for the mornings when the alarm goes at 4 something.


2010-01-07 5:58 PM
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randomguymike - 2010-01-07 10:14 AM Make it a habit. Don't break the habit.

I was cruising and having no issues, until I started sleeping in on my holiday vacation. I have now had to start working my way back to 4:30. It was much easier getting from 4:30 to 8:30 than it has been getting back.


I'm having the opposite problem -- on vaca I got up before 6:00 and worked out 2 hrs almost everyday, then we'd go on excursions after breakfast and get back in time for dinner.  Not having to cook or clean on the cruise spoiled me.  Now, work and cooking and cleaning seem to be taking up all my time when I had no problem fitting everything in before vacation.  And having to put on so many layers of clothes just to go for a run is annoying me after hanging out in the tropics for a week.
2010-01-08 7:51 AM
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I put coffee in a thermos next to the bed. When the alarm goes off, roll over and chug the coffee. Bam! You're awake and ready to roll.
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2010-01-08 10:13 AM
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tri_d00d - 2010-01-07 8:56 AM I woke up at 0430 today. When my alarm went off, I got out of bed right away. I glanced longingly at it a few times as I was walking out of my room.

Fast forward five hours later and I'm still feeling great about that workout this morning!


Kept this in mind this morning and finally got my a$$ out of bed for a ride on trainer.  Feeling great now.  Thanks again for this thread and this post.
2010-01-08 10:26 AM
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LittleCat - good luck with IM St. George! I did chuckle a bit when you mentioned running in the cold when I notice you're in Cali. I'm sure it's all relative depending on the weather you're used to, but it still makes me smile, 'cause when I look outside here and we've just got another few inches of snow and temp is below zero (Celsius). To the gym!
2010-01-08 11:18 AM
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Do not keep your alarm clock next to your bed. Put it across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Keep moving, right to your gear. The snooze button is your enemy.


2010-01-08 1:44 PM
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Make a plan for the week on Sunday night/Monday morning (my rest day).  Work with your significant other to ensure the plan is good for him/her.  Recruit your training buddies to join you (especially for swims for me).  Streamline your routine to get out to run (shirt/shorts/tights/socks laid out night before, gloves/hat/socks/water bottle all in their assigned location in the garage in my case). 

As we're talking winter and usually dark, this does not apply to rides for me.  Those occur either on the trainer (easy to "get out there", as it's inside!), in spin class (again, pretty easy, just cold going from home to gym), or on the road in daylight on days above 35F (yeah, I'm a wuss).

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