This is a great thread, it’s interesting to read the experiences of others.
During the working week I tend to train first thing as it is easy for me to set a routine and life/work does not create obstacles that often occur late in the day. Plus if I have the energy I can go out on the bike in the evening. My morning routine is always yoga first then bike or strength training depending on the plan. I’ve been doing the Sufferfest yoga everyday for two years now and really feel the difference. After training its is then time for breakfast, so all rides are fasted.
Morning training does have a downside for me, in that my HR stays low and maybe some of those sprints are harder. If I have a tough session planned (like FF) I will do that mid-afternoon when I am generally at my best. I don’t make any planned adjustments for my session based on the time of day, I just do as I’m told at the time.
That said, I did ISLAGIATT this morning and had to dial back climb 4 to 90%, probably should have eaten first. It was a shocking moment, I can’t remember the last time I dialled a session down, I will report to the flogging station! It might have better to had done ISLAGIATT on Sunday afternoon when the plan said so! Generally limiting the early sessions to 1 hour works best for me, then riding fasted is less of an issue.
Another advantage of morning training is you feel you have achieved something great already and the rest of the day is easy in comparison. I can’t imagine I could stick to a plan after a hard day at work knowing I still had to face 9 Hammers.
I think the hardest part of morning training is the mental part, getting out of a warm bed and creeping in to a cold dark bike cave is always the worst part for me.