|Late night dinner in the western Queensland town of |
Cloncurry while trying to break the round Australia
record in 2007
As I get older, it seems I like my sleep more. If golf is scheduled for early Friday morning, as it often is, I get very tired and start to dread the early starts that follow on Saturday and Sunday.
|Crossing the Atherton Tableland in the Northern Territory|
during the 2008 attempt to break the round Australia record
However, as I have aged, my views on sleep have become more relaxed. I now don't worry if I get insufficient sleep the night before a big race. Instead, I try and get a few good nights' sleep in the week before and just take what I can get the night before. Often you are sleeping in a strange place or maybe sharing accommodation and subject to the night routine of others. Despite a lack of sleep, I have found the adrenalin, excitement and atmosphere of race day is enough to get you up mentally for the race. The last thing you need to be worrying about is a sleepless night. Once the race starts, you tend to forget all about it.
|Taking a break in the Northern Territory during the 2009|
attempt to break the round Australia record
The lesson for me about sleep is that you should get as much as you can, but not sweat it if you run short. So long as you are motivated, you can keep going on minimal sleep.
Not wanting to leave today's run until after the morning golf game, I got myself up at 4:30am and squeezed in a slow 5km around Copa in the early morning half light. My right Achilles was quite painful and my pace was slow, but I do feel I'm moving more freely. It's the monthly Terrigal Trotters 10km Time Trial tomorrow, and I would like to run a reasonable time, but am trying to avoid any expectations. I feel that my overall fitness is at about 75% of where I would like to be, and this is unlikely to translate into a good 10km time.