In the morning.
Dang. This is probably the earliest post I’ve ever done at BIT.
I am not a morning person.
So why am I up?
There’s only one reason: to get better
Ever since I quit LifeTime Fitness and joined my local community club (The Monon Center), I’ve had to adjust some of my workout habits. The Monon Center is better in almost every way possible: it’s closer, it’s cleaner, it’s cheaper and it’s less crowded, but the one thing LifeTime had to it’s advantage was it was open 24/7. The Monon Center closes at 10pm. The pool usually closes at 7pm and most of the spinning classes I take are usually around 6:30. Those times aren’t very unusual and are actually pretty convenient for most people.
The problem? I’m not most people.
I know the whole thing in the Lifestyle Design blog world right now is “be your own boss, make your own hours.” I’m not sure if I’m technically considered an “Lifestyle Design” blog but I know a lot of people who read this are, and while, I’m not my own boss right now, I’m lucky enough to have a job that is quite flexible with my working schedule. Usually I end up going into work around 10am and leaving around 6pm. Up till now, I’ve gotten up, gone to work and then fit in working out, blogging, free time, and relaxing into whatever time slots I could find after work. Naturally, I’m night owl, so it’s really no problem for me to stay up all hours of the night to get work done.
The problem I keep running into is being able to fit everything in and get everything done in time table that works well. Theoretically, this works great. The thought process goes, “As long as I do the same amount of work, I can accomplish the same things, no matter what the hours are! I can do what I want! Success!!!”
I’ve found, it doesn’t work so well (at least for me). With the gym closing at 10pm and the pool at 7, right now, if I don’t get off of work immediately at p.m., I’ll either miss my workout or be sprinting from my job to the gym and then fighting someone for a pool lane. Neither option is great and both options end up making me feel rushed. I find I focus less on the workout and more on the guilt of not working out or not being able to fit in the workout I want to.
So I’m going to have to change.
Part of me hates that idea. Me, change? To accommodate someone, something else?
What happened to
- Rebelling against the system
- Fighting the power.
- Doing what I want
I’m supposed to be my own boss, design my own life, I shouldn’t have to change for anyone!
That’s true to a certain extent, but I’ve also realized that change isn’t such a bad thing. Sure, sometimes we change for people who we shouldn’t or we change because we give up and realize that people are right or something d. There’s certain things I keep coming back to:
- Gyms are open at certain times.
- People are available at certain times.
As much as I’d like to try, it’s pretty hard to find other people available to go for a lap swim with you at 1am. Midnight “Screw It & Do It” runs are no problem for me, but trying to find a cycling class at that time of day, is pretty difficult. If I’m going to get serious about triathlon training, I need to make sure I’m surrounding myself with quality people & make sure that I’m able to get my workouts in at a decent time so I can focus on getting better rather than just finishing my workout before the gym closes.
So I’m going to change. And that’s not a bad thing. In fact, a lot of the time, in order to do things you really want to do, you have to do some things you really don’t want to do.
For me, that change involves getting up really freaking early so I can do everything I want to get done. What about you?
It’s 6:30 now. Time to get better.