It’s that time of year for competitive swimmers. While most people count the “New Year” as January 1, I still like to consider it as September 1. The beginning of the swim season is the time to start fresh with new goals and new training schedules. Come September the slate has been wiped clean!
Are you setting the prodigious goal of attending one or more workout before 6 or 7AM each week? If so, here are some tips to help you get up and going in the morning:
- Breakfast club:
One of the best parts of swimming in the morning is working up a monster appetite for breakfast after your swim. How much more motivation do you need than a cheesy, delicious omelet?
- Set many, many alarms
From my experience one alarm clock is never enough. It’s much too easy to roll over and hit the snooze button, or for the alarm to spontaneously fail overnight. No, you need at least two alarms, just to make sure that you don’t upset your coach (see below). Particularly good at ignoring those blaring alarms? You might want to get one of those alarm clocks on wheels.
A coach or teammate waiting for you (ready to yell at you if you’re not there)
There is no doubt in my mind that this kind of motivation will get you out of bed 3 times a week at 4:30 AM in the morning. A team environment can be incredibly motivating even if you have no intention of ever competing.
Do you have any tips that motivate you in the morning?