I think everyone knows the stereotype that teenagers don’t like to wake up in the morning. Me, for example. Over the summer holidays, I have only seen before 10am on a few occasions. Over the past two weeks or so, I have made an effort to wake up early, because riding in the countryside in the early morning is pure bliss. It didn’t matter what time I went to bed the night before, I would always wake up late. I’ve put together a few tips, most of which have helped me beating that typical teenager lie-in.
- Place your alarm clock strategically : Put your alarm clock somewhere where you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. The main problem I encountered was just turning my alarm clock off, then going back to sleep. This way, you have to actually get out of bed, making it harder to get back to sleep.
- Get everything ready : Before you go to bed the night before, put your kit out on the floor (preferably somewhere you’ll see it once you wake up). This makes it so much easier and quicker to get out in the morning, and your not faffing about trying to find where you put your bib shorts.
- Check your bike : Again, the night before, check that your bike is ready to ride as soon as you wake up. Lube the chain and pump up the tyres up. This would save so much hassle when you are tired in the morning.
- Have a drink : I found that having a drink as soon as a woke up helped. I have a mini fridge in my bedroom (typical student eh?), so I get a nice cold drink in the morning, normally just water or some fruit juice.
- Good breakfast : Some people don’t like doing this due to feeling sick if they eat before the ride, but that doesn’t bother me. A good energy filled breakfast makes me wake up good enough. Favorite is wheatabix with banana slices on top. Just make sure that you’re not going out to hard on the bike, otherwise your handlebars will be covered with tiny little lumps of what you’ve just eaten.
Hopefully those few tips will help you stop being a lazy bugger, they are currently working for me. If you have any tips you’ll like to give to other readers, post in the comments below.