Schedule Sin #1: Staying Up Too Late -
Sadly this is probably the most common way that I break my morning get up and go routine. Staying up an extra hour, especially during a heavy training block where my body needs 8 hours of quality rest, can easily derail my 6am training aspirations. I've found that this area can be a bit of a creeper, my body seems to have a tendency to want to stay up a little later each night, compound that with the additionally sleeping in you are doing to catch up on those all important zzz's and before you know it you are back to the midnight bedtime! Not good people! Firstly my best workouts happen when I wake fully rested early in the morning, fuel appropriately, and get moving without too much thought. Secondly the gym is way less crowded at these early times and usually with other endurance athletes. Boom, right there I am missing out on two key benefits simply by not shutting my eyes soon enough at nights. Of course this is probably the most innocuous form of schedule breaking as I am able to get the workouts in later in the day and normally just have to move everything back a few hours. Getting up early for training isn't for everyone, I've managed to get into it on and off and without a doubt prefer a 4a-9p day. Consider what is best for you and give your body a shake up by attempting a few early morning sessions.
|I Am Actually Training, This is An Extended Recovery Phase Known as Sleeping In|
Schedule Sin #2: Midterm & Final Exams -
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Schedule Sin #3: Being Depressed by Cold Cloudy Weather
Depending where you live this one may be all too common, or perhaps you've simply learned to get over it. For me I know I always struggle with cold or cloudy and overcast weather. I just don't really like going out into the dull greyness. It is even harder to justify travelling to the gym on these days, at least if I can muster a run I will have a bit of a cooling effect from the typically colder than average temperatures. Needless to say when the weather is poor my chances of calling it a 'recovery' (i.e. quitting day) are much higher than average. Not that I actually get depressed but I definitely am less open to putting extra efforts in. Usually I try to make up for the missed hours later in the week but this is not always possible or a good idea. This is a main part of the reason why I'm moving to warmer climates with better cloud conditions.
|This Sky Says One Thing: Blah!|
Schedule Sin #4: Overeating Before a Planned Workout, Especially at Night
This one is so obvious I should kick my own butt for still falling into this trap but it still happens and I still will often misplan my nutrition strategy and end up delaying workouts in order to better digest that last meal. Nothing says say inside on the couch better than overeating. This is an area that I know enough about to avoid. Through experimentation I have developed a good awareness of how long I need to digest almost any given food and still being able to exercise. However it never fails that some dinner obligation comes up (lately it has been roommates preparing late dinners) that conflicts with my later day workouts.
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Schedule Sin #5: Travel, Especially With Family
Travel is both the best of times and the worst of times for an athlete. The change in scenery and routine can be motivating but depending on the circumstance may end up throwing you way off of your planned training block. For me this hasn't always been the case but there are definitely situations where putting off the vacation mindset to get you training work in can be more than a little difficult. The worst combinations usually involve extended stays in places with family. Maybe for me this is a question of identity. In the past I have not clearly always been in training mode. In part it may seem a bit weird to be ducking away from visiting to go solo and train, which in part it actually is. For me my regular 14 hour-training week schedule just isn't going to work out as normally planned. In the past I've found that it's best to attempt the earliest morning activities as possible and mix in cross training throughout the day where possible. This can include throwing down a few push ups or other aerobic motions during any alone time.
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