Friday, November 19, 2010
To gym or not to gym, that is the question
Now, here's the shocking problem. It's getting colder, I am a cold-wimp, and it gets dark pretty damn early, so riding my bike outdoors on weekdays is not so much an option anymore. Or maybe it is...
Maybe I should start by the beginning. If I have to go to the gym, I'd rather do it early in the mornings. Now the cheap gym I go to (WSC, if you want to know) has spinning classes at 6:30 am only on Mondays and Fridays. Only two days is just not enough. And, depending on how much I rode during the weekend, Mondays may be "rest" days. Also, on Mondays I climb.
These days my lazy unashamed butt has been driving to work, since I have parking, and it is sooo comfortable. Maybe I should start riding to work again, it won't be training per se, but it is better than nothing. I don't look forward to fight with cars though, specially since this job actually allows me to have a life, I'll be riding home dark and in the middle of rush hour (leaving the office before 7pm was not a possibility in my two previous jobs).
Now, here is the issue: if I ride to work, I have not choice other than riding back home, whether I like it or not. If I drive with the bike in the car, I always have the possibility to bail out. And at 6pm, when you know it is cold and dark out there, bailing is sooooooo tempting. A "commitment device" becomes almost mandatory.
Maybe I should suck it up and go to the gym in the evenings.... ugh, that sounds worse than riding in the cold. And there usually appear, out of nowhere, tempting alternatives that involve food and drinks which are very hard to refuse and are instantly more appealing than the gym (I am so weak).