How to get up early and out on the bike.
Some people say that to get out first thing in the morning on the bike requires epic amounts of determination and get-up-and-go. I have to agree that getting out of the house before work to ride some miles does need some gumption but there is a thing or two you can do to make it easier and more possible.
The most important tip is to not think about it. So, get out of bed, get the cycling clothes on, quick cup of tea, quick breakfast (if that works for you) and out. Do not say to yourself the night before “I’ll see what it’s like”. It will be no surprise that first thing in the morning in the winter it will be at best dark and cold. It will not be particularly inviting. If you have to think about it, it will probably seem to be a bad idea.
The night before get everything ready that you need, clothes for example. Find them and put them ready to throw on. I won’t describe the clothes I use for cold morning starts but big gloves and socks feature.
I am from the “breakfast first” school of thought and my breakfast in these circumstances is usually muesli with milk. Which takes about 10 seconds to “prepare” and 60 seconds to eat. Again, don’t think. Eat.
Have your bike in a fully operational state, with lights ready and tyres at the correct pressure. Don’t think. Check the brakes work /tyres are ok of course but other than that just go
Have a route in mind that will get you back to base in plenty of time for a shower and a cup of tea before work. Don’t do any route where you have to look at a map beforehand.
Once you have got out there though, the morning is often lovely to behold. Sunrise is usually well worth seeing.
And it’s better than sitting on a turbo trainer