Working nights can be a challenge by itself and, for someone who is not used to it, adding in a commitment to compete in a triathlon only throws another wrench into the works.
Your internal clock will fight you to go to sleep when it is dark and stay awake during the day. You appetite will tell you that you are hungry at the wrong times, and just the overall adjustment can run you down.
I am telling you that it can be done. You have to put yourself into the mind set that everything is backwards from friends and family. For me, breakfast is now dinner. Shopping gets done at 8:00 AM if the store I need to go to is open, and other errands get done before heading home. Some people I know go home and go right to bed in the morning and it works for them. I kind of equate this to getting off of work at 3:30 in the afternoon and going to bed. Sound nuts doesn’t it. The point is you have to listen to what your body tells you it needs and do it. It truly is a balancing act.
I just go with the flow. The adjustment for me has been a little easier but that is only because I have been working nights for over 25 years now and my body has adjusted. I still have days where I do not get quite enough sleep, and I do not know to many people that eat meatloaf, green beans and a baked potato for breakfast, but that is how it works. Plus getting to the gym at 8:30 in the morning is a bonus as most of the other people are heading off to work and it is not as busy.
So if you work night shift, it is not an excuse. It is an obstacle that you need to push aside. And don’t forget to stretch out after it is out of your way!
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