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Old 06-21-05, 05:11 AM   #1
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Cycling is reversing my natural clock?

This doesn't strictly have to do with training, but I figured it fits in best here...

I've started complimenting commuting by bike with extra fitness/fun rides in the evenings. I'm doing this in the hopes that it'll help me lose weight and get in better shape. Last night at about 8pm I embarked on a 7 mile ride around the city and had a blast with it, like I do all of my other rides. The problem? It's 4am, I haven't slept, and I have class in three and a half hours!

A similar thing happened to me about a week ago. I did a five mile ride which included a hill which I previously couldn't ride over without walking halfway and panting. That ride started at about 8pm, and I didn't sleep until about 3:30am. I like riding at about 8pm because while the sun is starting to set, there's still plenty of light and the temperature is just about right for riding.

I think I must be getting adrenaline boosts from riding in the evenings because I'm proud of the little things I'm accomlishing in my fitness plan... I've finally found something I like and seems to be working! But, I can't be staying up all night. Sure I'm a night-owl by nature and the only thing the doctors have been able to recommend so far are OTC sleeping pills, but the rest of the world doesn't seem to work on my body clock's schedule and I have to be awake for classes.

The only solution I can come up with is taking my ride in the morning, but that would require getting up at 5am. My 6:30am wakeup for my 7:30am class is daunting enough, but I can't think of any other solutions!

So, should I move my evening ride to the mornings and just boot myself out of bed, knowing the ride will wake me up? Or, can I stick with evening rides and wait for things to even out so I can sleep at night? What should I do about this?

Right now I'm sleepy and I know I should sleep, but I can't do it... I've tried for the past four hours and I just can't fall asleep, even with the help of some pills called Calms Forte. They're not sleeping pills per se, but they're more natural/gentle, helping me to relax rather than sleep.
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Old 06-21-05, 09:35 AM   #2
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No, this doesn't have to do with your riding. Maybe you have some form of insomnia. Some other things that may help when you try to go to sleep is: instead of getting on the computer or watching tv, read a book or write. Do something that makes your mind work. This helps me go to bed, I use to stay up very late on the computer and tv and consulted a practicion and he said that by doing those things late at night your eyes and brain get used to it like the sun and makes you stay up, it sounded wierd but ever since I started doing it, I've been sleeping better.
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