Posted by: pursuingsub17 | June 24, 2009

How do nightowls train for triathlon?


It’s been tough getting up in the morning to do my runs or sit on the bike. Why? Because I can’t seem to force myself to go to bed at 9pm. It’s light up here in the north until 10:30-ish and then the sky starts lightening after 4am. I’ve been waking up around four in the morning and can’t seem to get back to sleep. Is that my cicardian rythm? Is the light telling me I shouldn’t be sleeping? I’m definitely not worried about anything. But when I wake up, I’m uncomfortable, then I start obsessing about the fact I have to be up in an hour to run 10k and since I went to bed at 11:30, that only leaves…what…4.5 hours of sleep?

I hate working out after work – especially in the heat. I mean, it isn’t 100 degrees or anything but I am one of the unfortunate types who overheats easily. I guess I should just suck it up – who knows what it will be like race day for the marathon. And Marc’s first Ironman was around 100 degrees. That would be like an Ironman in Hell for me. Swim 2.5 miles in a sea of lava, bike uphill all the way through scorching flames and run a marathon over hot coals.

But I digress – back to my issue. I just can’t seem to spread out my workouts because I can’t get up in the morning and working out after work isn’t happening. I have one excuse after another – I’m tired because of lack of sleep. I’m sore because I sit all day at work. I have to take the dog out first. I have to make dinner. I have to clean the kitchen and make lunch. That only gives me 2 hours of downtime so I can’t work out. So I’m getting the workouts in but squashing them all together is killing me.

Hang on – just thought of something – that would definitely prepare me for an Ironman, wouldn’t it? Afterall, that is an entire day of workouts in 17 hours.

I will attempt my 45 minute run tonight after work and tomorrow I’m biking in the morning and running in the evening so here’s to hoping that happens.

On a positive note, Marc has declared publicly that he’s in iron-mode. His mood has lifted a lot. I think that’s because work is going well and he knows I got a raise, which means work is going well for me too. He was invited out on a two hour bike ride yesterday but he couldn’t make it because he had a lady’s mirrored doors in the back of his suv. Okay. I’ll let that one go. Afterall, it isn’t July yet and his former coach said to take all of June off. He has been running though – without IT band pain. So that’s a good sign.

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