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Today was my first official day of triathlon training. At the gym, I rode on the stationary bike for 30 minutes of hill intervals and proceeded to take a plyometrics-filled group fitness class. To accomplish this, I woke up at 4:45am and slept for 6 hours. Six hours of sleep is not sustainable, which means I’m going to have to get to bed even earlier to accomplish my training goals. Even though I typically arise between 5:00 and 5:30am, that extra 15 to 45 minutes surely impacts my sleep cycle.

An early dinner, a stretch and foam roll session, and a little mindless television or magazine reading all help me lull me to slumber as close to 9:00pm as possible. As someone who wakes up multiple times during the night, it’s essential I get to bed as early as possible to ensure my wakeups don’t detract too heavily from the number of hours I sleep.

As Jesse and I both put in double workouts before our 9-to-5 gigs, we’ll have to be smart about unwinding early and often to wake up and train early with smiles on our faces.

Unabashed gym selfie.

Unabashed gym selfie.