Picture yourself, laying in bed nice and comfortable. Dreaming of that perfect camping trip. Your floating down a river in an old canoe. Beer in hand, sun shining, SO getting some rays in the front of the canoe. You start to hear this faint sound of voices. You look around but see no one. They keep getting louder and louder. Still just a faint echo in the trees lining the river. All of the sudden you are startled awake by this loud vibrating sound. The sound of a cell phone vibrating on the night stand as a backup alarm. 4:30...the time my cell phone scared me awake. Can you see that in the picture? My alarm clock is just a faint glow in the darkness of my room.

The wind was howling outside and my bed was cozy and warm. Who on earth would get out of bed? I hit the snooze and rolled back over. 5 min later, BAM! cell phone vibrating again. Ok Ok. I'm getting up. I was fumbling to hit any button to make it stop, I was eventually successful. I went upstairs to grab some cereal and a banana. After eating slowly watch every news station recap the presidential press interview last night I got dressed, grabbed my gym bag and was out the door. Heading to a 5:30am spin class. I felt kind of nuts, yet slightly excited.

The spin instructor was not what I was used to. It was a tough class and my HR was riding zones 3 and 4 the entire ride but I think that was because I'm not used to working out in the morning. The instructor said she was tired from the getting t bed late so she wasn't going to be pushing that hard, but that shouldn't stop us from working to our limits. To be honest, it was hard for me to stay focused sometimes when she stopped 'climbing the hill' or 'sprinting' half way through to grab water. I mean she sat up, grabbed a drink, sat there, grabbed a drink and then came back down with like 15 seconds left on that hill or sprint. Patti and Suzanne, my normal spin instructors, are good and intense. But they are always working just as hard or harder than you. It was tough to sprint when she would say "match my cadence" and she was maybe pushing 95 rpm's. Shouldn't we be pushing 105-120 for a sprint? I think I had a cadence higher than what she told us to have the entire way through.

Ok, enough complaining about my struggles to execute simple directions. It was a good class, I def. got a work out. I did the "Ab Ripper X" workout after spin and stretched a little. And to be honest I was toast...I was ready for a nice hot shower and a cup of coffee (ummm....water?). Will I do it again...YES. I think I may shoot for twice a week, they offer 4 5:30 spin classes. We'll just play it one day at a time for now though.

I think I missed our nice warm weather and my chances to get in some quality runs outside. This morning was 46 degrees and raining during my drive to the gym. By 5pm it is supposed to dip back into the 20's and everything is going to freeze. I'll see what the sidewalks are like this evening, I was hoping to run with the Lifetime run club tonight (for the first time). They meet every Tuesday and Thursday and my fav. spin teachers teach Wednesday and Friday. That works out pretty well for me. Run, spin, run, spin. :-) Then I can throw in some pool workouts and lifting where ever they fit with other obligations.

In conclusion, my day is off to a good start and it is time to start answering some of the 4 bagillion emails I seem to get over night....how can you leave work(at 5:30pm) with like 2 unread emails and come in with 47? Seriously people! What happened to the 9-5 (well 8-4:30'ish for me) work day? Have a great day!

Brian  – (February 10, 2009 at 9:09 AM)  

More power to you for getting up. I prefer to sleep in but then hit the club late. Like I did last night for a swim. My days of getting up early are limited to race days now, I fear. But then I also have school bus duty and a youngin' to get ready each day.

Count me as another Twin Citian not looking forward to The Freeze. More treadmill work...groan.

Brooke  – (February 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM)  

Great job on the early spin! Those are tough to get to...but sometimes the best workouts! I can't wait to hear more about your swimming...I'm living vicariously through all of you right now. :)

Brooke  – (February 10, 2009 at 9:37 AM)  
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Lisa Slow-n-Steady  – (February 10, 2009 at 9:42 AM)  

Good job getting up and making it to spin. I can't arrive anywhere before 6am! 6:30 seems reasonable to me. 5:30, not so much. I have some mental barrier at that hour of the morning, I guess.

http://gokristen.wordpress.com  – (February 10, 2009 at 10:28 AM)  

Last night I woke up at 3:45AM to a P90X infomercial...and I actually watched it for 2 minutes before falling back asleep and now I know what you are referencing when you talk about the P90X :-)

Pharmie  – (February 10, 2009 at 5:11 PM)  

Won't be coming Sat as I've gotta work. I may be asking you for directions to the E LTF, though, so I can hit up class Friday night.

teacherwoman  – (February 10, 2009 at 7:18 PM)  

Mine went off at 4:30AM too... but unfortunately, my will power did not win and I reset it for 530 and went back to bed. grrr...

Marcy  – (February 10, 2009 at 7:48 PM)  

4:30 am wake ups are only acceptable during the summer/fall hrs for me. This time of year? Forget it LOL

trimybest  – (February 10, 2009 at 8:21 PM)  

im not as impressed that you got up at 4:30 as i am that you immediately ate breakfast! before your workout! my stomach doesnt work that way. i eat after my morning workouts.

Rainmaker  – (February 10, 2009 at 10:36 PM)  

Am I the only one who's impressed by the fact that the first thing you did when your alarm clock rang is take a photo of it?

I would have thrown any alarm clock showing 4:30AM across the room.

Wes  – (February 13, 2009 at 9:16 AM)  

I can't possibly see myself doing anything "extra" on top of P90X. That would put me under :-) I do see myself doing this Ab Ripper X stuff during tri training though. I'll probably tack it onto the end of my weight sessions.

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