Enjoy the Ride... OUTSIDE!

4:30am 

Cue alarm

This has been going on for awhile. 

It started as once or twice each week. But once I committed to my first 70.3 Triathlon, once became 4-6 times each week. 

It sounds crazy.

Why would you get up so early? 

When you have three small littles and a husband that leaves for work at 6:30am, when are you going to train?

Our evenings are dedicated to dinner, family and Netflix. 

So I get up early. 

The other day, my alarm went off. After checking the weather (WOOHOO! No wind!!) I sent a (half-asleep) text my triathlon buddy... at 5am. Who does that?

This is why I don't have a lot of friends. I'll text you at 5am to go on runs and rides. 

The temperature was nice and the sun has already started rising early. So getting my stuff together is a lot easier than the winter months. 

Jumped on my bike and met up with Cheryl. 

We only had around 90 minutes to get some miles in, so we took off. 

Up until this point, most of my miles had been in preparation for our Half Ironman. This day, I wanted to just enjoy the ride. 

I was trying to practice better form, catch up with my buddy and enjoy the gift of riding my bike. 

  • Great Weather
  • Great Company

My mood changed with that little time outside. Instead of dreading my next workout, I was planning for it. 

Training outside is the best!!

Many times you hear that training outside is less desirable than being at a gym. I totally understand that thinking. Gyms can have awesome classes, pools, equipment that you don't maintain or replace yourself and endless amounts of weights for the times when you are improving! For me, it's also less convenient. When I go to the gym, I need to make sure that the classes fit my schedule, the equipment is available and that the children center is open. 

Outside has better ventilation. Outside doesn't require membership fees. Outside is prettier than anything indoors!

To be honest, I use and love both. But since the weather is nice, I'm spending more time outside. 

My challenge for you: Get OUTSIDE! 

It doesn't matter if you walking your dog, riding a bike or jogging. Just go outside for at least 10 minutes today. And be grateful!!