Being a Morning Person

Wednesdays have become our long endurance swim day. This morning we swam a total of 3,000 meters with the main set length of 1,900 meters to get the half iron distance feel. Last week we swam 19 x 100 meters and it was a challenge. This morning we did a descending set that starts with 550 meters, then 450, 350, 250, 150, 100, and finishing with 50. Oddly, both my training partner and I swam consistently the entire workout and felt good when we finished. Last week it was hard to keep the same pace for each 100 and we took 20 seconds between sets. In fact my 100 meter split time got faster with each set. Our plan is to alternate workouts every other week. Hopefully next week will show an improvement. I am focusing on long steady strokes, maybe it is working…

After my speed run yesterday I expected my legs to be sore today. To my surprise I felt pretty good this morning. My hamstrings had some fatigue, but it did not affect my swim at all. Then I got on the bike to ride this evening. My legs are a bit more fatigued than I thought. As I have mentioned, I live in a very hilly part of Northeast Ohio. So much so that within the first 500 feet of leaving my driveway the elevation climbs 25 feet. That is just a warm up, but I felt it in my legs right away. By the first two miles into the ride I was greeted with a nice wind. At that point I committed to ride 20 miles and make it an easy ride to keep my legs going and get the hills in. I ended up riding just under 21 miles and focused on spinning into my hill climbs. My race in September only has one significant hill, but there is alway the risk of strong winds since we are so close to Lake Erie and hills will make me stronger. While my overall pace was slower than usual, I was more consistent on the flats and climbs than I have been. There is much to improve though, so my work is still ahead of me.

I mentioned to someone this morning in the locker room at the gym that by nature I am not a morning person. If my time were my own, I would be up late and wake around 9 or 10. My lifestyle has taught me to be a morning person. Waking between 4:30 and 5:00 to train in the morning and then again in the evening (after a day of work too) has made it so I have no problem getting to bed early. If I am not in bed by 9:30 now, I feel as if I were “up late”. But I would have it no other way. Being able to swim with such a wonderful friend makes it easy to get to the pool early. I have made wonderful friends with several girls (love that we refer to each other as girls) at my gym that I would have never met if I got there at 10:00. Several colleagues at work are runners and triathletes and we have formed friendships over the sport. I have met several others at races and training events and we stay in touch. At first glance, triathlon training can seem like an isolating sport with all that is involved, but I am not alone. I have many sisters and brothers in arms, if you will, sharing battles and achievements along our journeys. It makes being a morning person easy.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “Being a Morning Person

  1. I remembered something that I forgot to include in my comment yesterday, and you touched on it in this post… I’ve found I have a butter zone where running too slow actually hurts more than running faster in that butter zone… On a 10k my butter zone is 7:30-7:50, a 5k is a little faster – if I try to run 10 minute miles with my running buddies for more than a few miles, I hurt big time, way more than if I’d tried to break a pr in the 10k.

  2. Looking forward to starting the day (meeting friends and swimming) would certainly be a converting factor 🙂
    I’m an AM-er by nature…when the sun comes up, I get kind of excited – looking forward to whatever life plans on throwing at me during the day.

  3. I can’t agree more! A workout in the morning is the best way to start the day off having accomplished something special that has made you better/stronger physically, spiritually, and for many of us mentally!

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