It is the rare day that my alarm clock serves it purpose.
I usually wake up fifteen or twenty minutes before it sounds.
It is 4:10 a.m.
“What day is it?” I ask myself.
Nothing more I would like than to go back to sleep for another thirty, forty-five minutes.
I immediately raise the question in my mind.
“I can try to catch my workout after work tonight right?”
“I’ll be more focused, more awake.”
“I should be home between five and six tonight, maybe I’ll do that.”
It’s now 4:15.
My dog starts to stir a little and needs to go outside.
I take him out and I start the coffee machine.
I bring him back in and he lays back down, sleeping again within a minute or so.
I grab my coffee and turn on my computer.
I really enjoy black coffee.
Not so much for the effect, but actually for the taste.
“Wow, I have a bunch of stuff to do after work.”
The reality of the day becomes a little more apparent.
“If I get home at 5:30 and start my workout at 5:45, I can finish it by 6:30 at the latest.”
Then I would make a quick dinner and catch up with the family.
“I really need to balance my checkbook, and return some calls and messages.”
Then it hits me.
If this stuff was easy everyone would do it.
It takes a special kind of commitment to do the uncomfortable and push yourself to workout when your body would like nothing more than to go back to sleep.
As important as rest and recovery are, it is also equally important to sometimes get uncomfortable, push your limits a little and do the things that others won’t.
Sure, in the grand scheme doing my training in the evening, or not at all is minutia when looking at it on the whole.
But, by taking that step of discipline you build a “toughness” that over time compounds for an eventual excellent result.
Taking a simple step of action can positively alter an entire day.
I look at my sleeping friend and smile.
A few minutes later it’s now 5:00 a.m. and I am starting my warm-up sets.