Thursday, January 14, 2010

Key to Happiness?

Could it really be that simple? Happiness? A matter of simply waking up early? I think I'm onto something here! I've been a night owl all my life but, alas, I live in a world of run by early birds. Pretending to be a triathlete in my free time doesn't help. In my off season, I resorted to my old night owl ways. It's been a constant battle to wake up early ever since.

Shown below is the summar of my workout volumes for the past 9 weeks. I'm embarrassed to even put it up there. The ups and downs of my workouts are vagrant reflections of my fickle moods. Yes, these charts are basically a mood-a-meter (week 6 was when Taz died).

I've slowly but surely been climbing my way back onto the wagon. Prep phase is over, and I'm now into Base phase (take a look at the big jump in training last week!). I have to be careful not to bite off more than I can chew. My body has a dangerous muscle memory. Yes, I can bike 100 miles on Saturday and run 16 on Sunday without any prior training but I will pay the consequences for the next 3 days afterwards (read: too sore and tired to do anything but sleep). I like to think I'm SuperWoman but someone wants to prove to me that I'm not.

For now, I will try to practice some moderation. But specifically, I only have 1 New Year's Resolution: WAKE UP EARLY (I'll start with 6:30 am. Seems an achievable goal). If I can wake up early, I can fit in my workouts and have more control over my day. Accomplishing my to-do list = happiness.








8 comments:

highwaymunky said...

Good Luck, i'm trying to move from night owl to early bird.... it's so much easier in the summer though.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

When I lived in Tucson and was actually working full time plus at my engineering job, it was so easy for me to get up at 5am to workout. Since moving to Europe, I have become a lazy bum!! I hate getting up that early! I'm just going to school over here, so motivation to get up and start the day with a schedule is zero. I know that I get a lot more accomplished though if I start early! Good luck, girl!

Krista said...

I think early birds are happier people... It takes awhile to get into a routine but it is so worth it!

teacherwoman said...

I am USUALLY an early bird, but have been struggling immensely with getting back out there in the mornings... must be something to do with the cold weather and darkness..

Southern Cernock said...

it's strange, i love to sleep in but when I don't get up and have enough time for myself, my whole day seems to be out of whack. So I force myself out of bed around 6, so that I can have a littel "me" time.

Wes said...

I want to become a morning person too. It's hard...

Grey Beard said...

Did I hear my name called? :D

Heather said...

As an Excel dork myself I must say that I love - LOVE your charts! Nothing says success like a wicked multi-coloured line graph :)