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Check-In: Early Mornings and Sleep-Deprived Decisions

I woke quickly to the buzzing of my phone and quickly flipped it over to turn off the alarm before the sound got too obnoxiously loud. It was 4:30 am, and I already knew I wanted nothing to do with a ride this morning.


I lay there for a few minutes, debating going back to sleep. I even reset my phone alarm to 6:30, as I made a decision to sleep - I was exhausted. Then, I thought I may as well measure my HRV to confirm I should prioritize a rest-day. So I put on my heartrate strap and started the measurement. The entire time, I was hoping, maybe even wishing, for the number to come back to be abnormal so I could justify going back to sleep.


As the reading finished, up popped the dashboard display of the results. And my 'morning readiness' according to my HRV? 9 out of 10. Ugh, no excuse for not riding this morning then....


Begrudgingly, I rolled out of bed, turned on my coffee machine, and went about a quick morning routine before hopping onto the trainer.


I once read how you should rephrase any internal thoughts along the lines of "I have to do ____" with "I get to do ____." Sounds cheesy, but I think there's something to it - I caught myself, and said "I get to ride the trainer this morning" and tossed a leg over my bike.





I actually knocked out some decent numbers, and things went far better than I was expecting given how much I just wanted to go back to sleep.


So why this short update? Because it's not all sunshine and rainbows - I don't want to pretend that training is some easy thing that myself or Coleman just knock off without struggle. Some days I know I should ride, but don't - the motivation isn't always there. But most of the time, even if motivation is non-existent, just making the first few steps towards riding is enough to get a training session in.