But that's not true. More times than I can count, I wake up grumpy, wanting to roll over and go back to bed. However, I still complete my planned workout, most of the time. Why?
1) I know where I started.
That's me in 2005. There have been many early mornings and long workouts between then and now that have gotten me to where I am today.
2) I know what I've accomplished.
Were it not for those 5 am wake-ups, or the cold evenings in the pool, I would not have accomplished what I have done. I would not have earned a bronze medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel last summer. I would not have been able to complete Malibu 7 Canyons or Mulholland Challenge without the spin classes and long training rides. Nor would I have had an awesome performance at Ironman St. George 70.3 a few weeks ago.
3) This guy will be pissed.
That's my coach, Gerardo Barrios of Fortius Racing. He gives me a training schedule and helps me set goals. If I don't do what's asked of me, I won't achieve those goals.
4) I won't see these guys.
These are my teammates, and my friends. It's fun to see them. If I sleep through a pool workout, they'll be asking me later where I was.
5) I feel awesome later. My morning workout gives me energy for my day. Without it, I just don't feel as good.
What's your motivation? It's not always easy to go out and get in that workout. But find what motivates you.