I have to admit that I think we Aussies are quite spoiled when it comes to the weather. Where I live in Queensland, the temperatures are pretty moderate year round. It does get hot in summer and cooler in winter, but compared to other parts of the country, it is quite literally seventh heaven.
Thus, I’m quite embarrassed to admit that over this winter, my appetite for training early in the morning has left the building. You see, I’m one of those lucky people that can train in the mid morning or at lunchtime with the work that I do, so this winter, rather than complain about the cold, I’ve just simply had a workout later in the day when weather simply isn’t an issue.
However with the Little Lucys now on school holidays (and far too grown up to partake of the gym creche, but far too young to be left unsupervised for too long), I have had to recommit to some early morning sessions.
I decided to run. Naturally, I found myself bitching about the cold and then had to quickly stop myself – I’ve had clients over the years that have had snow to contend with, thus ten degrees (or 50 degrees F) would probably be considered quite luxurious! However, after 45 sweaty minutes I was feeling quite pleased with my efforts – and all thoughts of being too cold relinquished to the back of my mind.
Tomorrow’s early morning session is going to involve strength training. I’m wondering how cold Olympic bars can get – probably really good for soothing the calluses on my hands – there’s always a positive outcome in there somewhere.
On the days I haven’t been able to get to the gym, I’ve been in the garden. It is an excellent workout! I’ve been wrestling with this enormous basil bush that just won’t quit with the idea of explosive growth. Plus I’m getting my vegetable garden ready for spring. Gardening is a great workout and it’s definitely fun eating all of your home grown produce – pesto is quite popular in the Last Chance Training household!
Do you have trouble getting up to train when it’s winter? I’m raising my glass to all of you that don’t have the choice due to work and other commitments – yet get up and do it anyway!