No drive to ride

Today was one of those days where I had zero desire to hop on my bike and get my workout out of the way. We’re leaving for a little vacation tonight, it is almost Thanksgiving, I still need to finish packing for both my trip and going home, my breakfast wasn’t filling enough, a workout will create more laundry, my favorite water bottle is smelling a little funky, my Garmin battery is almost dead, I can always workout tomorrow at our hotel gym, the air conditioner is broken yet again, … oh, right, and I’m listening to my body. It says to lay on the couch and eat cookies.

I almost talked myself out of it. Although none of those excuses is particularly solid, surely the combination of them is enough justification, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so either, so, instead of writing off my bike ride, I began to procrastinate. I made it through my entire backlog of work email, folded laundry, and even briefly considered properly putting away the towering pile of clean folded clothes that has accumulated on our dining room table over the past few days.

As I ran out of reasonable postponement strategies, I finally decided that riding the bike trainer was more fun than putting laundry away. It was a really tough call.

In retrospect, I’m really not sure why getting on the bike was such a struggle for me this morning. I know that exercise goes a long way towards improving my mood, making me feel like I accomplished something on even the most non-productive of days, and helping me to justify eating the abovementioned cookies that my body is demanding that I eat. [Have I mentioned that we have real Oreos?] As far as I can tell there is no downside to working out, but I know that I’m not alone in just not feeling like doing it sometimes.

Although I’m happy to have completed my bike ride, I have to admit that the part that I am most delighted about is that I only have two remaining bike trainer rides (Monday and Tuesday) in the forseeable future. Yeah, that’s kind of a big deal. We are still working out the details of shipping our household contents back home, but, considering how long it took to get them in the first place, I’m not holding my breath on that one. Not that it matters. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about snail’s pace treadmill running in my life! Less than one week away!

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3 comments
  1. Jena said:

    Nice job on getting your workout done even when you really didn’t want to . That is a tough call, bike trainer or laundry? I think working out would win every time for me. I hate laundry!

    Enjoy your trip to Bali!

  2. Lisa said:

    Good luck w/all the packing! I have been having the same trouble lately w/ getting going on my workouts. I sleep in, my toe is hurting, etc. The running I have done has been great, so I don’t know why it’s so hard to convince myself out the door sometimes!

    Happy Thanksgiving. Do they celebrate it in India?

  3. I read you’re first paragraph and thought “hmmm…those all sound really familiar!”. Getting moving is definitely the hardest part! And as much as a hate the treadmill I think I’d be looking forward to it after so much time on a trainer!

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