I turns out that 5am comes after 4am. This has been a question I’ve had for a very long time. I knew from college that 4am existed, but I was pretty sure that after closing time the night stopped (true, some people push this into after parties, which lead to after after-parties, which lead to eventually missing all of Monday’s classes, but I like sleep to much for that.). I’ve also known about 5am for a long time. That’s the hour when you hit snooze a dozen times before actually getting up for a 6am workout, which is still an hour before you really want to be awake.
Then the 5am swim workout was introduced to my schedule. This involves waking up at 4:30am (a time which did not previously exist in my chronological perception) to a cell phone with no decent ring tones, staring at the mirror wondering if my toothbrush will move itself, chugging down some Base Water and a Clif Bar, and heading to the closest pool to my house, at 25 yard, 83 degree hot tub with blue paint on the bottom to hide the yellow tint of the water. Sure enough, standing there in a drag suit and University of Hawaii swim cap the clock rolls over from 4:59 to 5am and about a dozen of us dive into tepid water.
Why 5am? We swim for 90 minutes, and the kids (I swim with high school kids who beat my like a rag doll) don’t have to be at school until 8am, so it blows my mind that high school kids – notorious for staying up late and falling asleep in class – would agree to swim practice any earlier than necessary.
I know a lot of age group athletes with families and normal lives who manage to do 5am workouts everyday, and I welcome your accusations, but I question why the sun would still be hiding if we were supposed to be out training?
Loren probably has an answer to this, as every time I’ve stayed with him he’s insisted on 5am swim lessons. This means I get up at 4:45 to go watch him swim. I don’t even get a workout from it.