By Crabby McSlacker
It may not come as a great shock to those of you who are regular readers, but...
I don't always enjoy my workouts. And I almost never look forward to them.
Yep, some days it's all about sighing and moaning and procrastinating and finally guilting or bribing myself into crossing exercise off the "to-do" list. Especially if strength training or high intensity intervals are involved.
But the totally moronic thing is: I often find myself feeling reluctant and whiny and foot-draggy about fitness activities that I almost always enjoy once I get off my ass and do them.
How screwed up is that? Why can I not learn, after many repeated instances of non-suckitude, that just physical exertion is not always an odious chore?
Do any of you guys struggle with this?
So I just thought I'd remind myself that riding my bike can be quite lovely and fun.
Yes, dear bicycle: you are 20 years old
and heavy as f--ck, but I still love ya.
If you, like me, ever suffer from Pleasant-Exercise-Amnesia brain disorder, (making you a fellow PEA-brain), feel free to join me and take this opportunity to remind yourself of the last time exercise didn't suck.
How about we try to drill it into our thick skulls that we won't regret it, even if it incidentally involves a little huffing and puffing and leg-burning and requires a tiny bit of planning or effort?
Why I Love My Bike Ride:
In Provincetown Massachusetts, there exists a lovely bike path that is pretty much perfect for a 50-75 minute workout, at least for my purposes. I felt all full of appreciation for it yesterday morning even though I almost didn't venture out due to a feeble set of bullshit excuses.
There are enough hills to get my legs pumping and my heart rate up a bit, especially since I don't have a fancy bike. But none of the hills are very long or tortuous. There are various loops, and they seem totally different if I go in opposite directions, so I can customize each ride and mix things up and double back to repeat harder hills or avoid them entirely depending on whim and energy levels.
There are forests,
But it also has amenities like restrooms, water fountains (including one that will totally douse your feet if you fail to notice there's no drainpipe under it),
The bike path used to be full of cracks and bumps and roots and potholes, and you felt more like you were riding a jackhammer than a bicycle, but they repaved most of it up a couple years ago. Yay!
Of course there are a few hazards, like sand or water on the trail, sharp turns, clueless idiots who don't keep to their side of the line, low clearances,
And the occasional landshark.
However, all well worth it!
What about you guys, any other PEA-brains who keep forgetting pleasant exercise experiences and need to force yourself to do things you know you will probably enjoy?