I check my watch, it’s 6:04am. I stretch luxuriously and enjoy the warmth of the bed. Ais turns over beside me and settles up against me. I lie still so as not to disturb her (as opposed to lying still because I’m being a lazy bollox and not wanting to get out of the warm bed)
I’m thinking about coffee. The draw of that first strong black espresso fights against the pull of the bed. I check my watch, it’s 6:16.
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I think about getting up again.
The desire for a coffee wins out against the warmth and I manage to drag my arse out of the bed. I make the coffees and bring them back to bed.
I lie there drinking my coffee in the dark enjoying the silence. I check my watch again, it’s 6:32. I’m supposed to get on the turbo. But the bed is so warm and soft and comfortable.
I think that I’ll just lie here for another five minutes. The next time I check my watch it’s 6:45. Fuck. How did that happen?
You’d better get your arse in gear Cummins or you’ll waste the morning and miss your chance to get a workout done.
But I’m still horizontal and haven’t moved yet. The turbo is mocking me. I can almost hear it calling me a lazy bollox.
“Fuck it. I’m getting up now” I think and sit up and get out of the bed.
“What are you doing this morning?” Ais asks.
My brain is ready to say I’m getting on the turbo but somehow my mouth has taken over and blurts out “Making coffee, you want another one?”
Where the fuck did that come from? I think to myself. Jesus Christ Cummins it’s taken you almost an hour to get your arse out of bed and when you finally summon up the willpower you immediately cave and get straight back in.
Ten minutes later I find myself horizontal and warm and drinking my second coffee and thinking what a lazy little shit I am.
My watch reads 7:15 by the time that I eventually fire up the Kickr. I know that I’m going to be tight for time to get the session done, shower and be in work on time.
Some days you’re so motivated to train that you’ll run through a brick wall to get the work done.
Some days it’s all you can do to get your arse on the saddle and then keep it there for the prescribed set.
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