Short Workouts & Long Work Days

Yesterday was the longest day ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but it was a long day for me.

I was up before the sun, somewhere in the middle of the 5 o’clock hour, to get ready to head to the trainer. I haven’t done any strength training since Boston and he was giving me a new program. I was there by 7 and by 7:30 my butt was sufficiently kicked. I did barely 20 minutes of work and I was sweating like a beast, my muscles were shaking and tired. I think I’m going to like this new quick and dirty workout he gave me. It is basically two circuits that equal 4 minutes of high-intensity work with 40 seconds of rest in between.

I was still to work early. And I worked late – until after 7pm. For some that isn’t late at all, but for me, that’s a long day. A bonus of working late was zero traffic on the way home and zero guilt about having a beer at my desk.

Then another beer when I got home.

I enjoyed my beer and hung out with Evan in the garage while he did bike work. I kind of helped. I put air in my tires that he changed. That’s super helpful, right?

I got a little motivation finally and washed my bike. It was covered in red Moab dirt. It is all shiny and clean now. Bummer part of washing my bike is that I noticed all of the scratches and chips in the paint. Sadness, but it is a mountain bike and it gets ridden. Hard.

Finally around 9pm I got motivated to make dinner. Nothing fancy at all. Just burgers with blue cheese and pepperoncini spread with corn on the cob and watermelon feta salad. That makes three nights in a row that I’ve had corn on the cob. Quick, easy, and delicious.

Then I packed super fast. No “real” clothing need for this weekend only biking clothes, pajamas, and lounging clothes. Perfect.

This morning I was up early again to squeeze in a workout before what is going to be another long day. Not only is my new training program short, but it can also be done completely outside or at home or where ever with only a few slight modifications. I ran/walked to this little park area did my workout and ran back home all in about 45 minutes.

My abs are sore and my arms are shaking. Great start to the day!

On my hike the other night we got talking about morning workouts. We lamented about how there is no way we’re going to ever get more hours in the day, so we need to make more hours for ourselves. The conclusion was that getting up an hour or so earlier to get your workout in is the best way to make “more time” in the day. I am on and off with my morning workouts, but I love the feeling of having it out-of-the-way before I even take my shower for the day. It starts the day off right and gets me motivated right from the start.

How do you feel about morning workouts?