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What to Do, what to DO? One of those rare moments when a trainer ride trumps the great outdoors…

March 2018
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I should have wanted to ride outside after a full day at the office yesterday. Dude, choosing the trainer over even my most mundane route? Never! Until yesterday.

North wind, barely above freezing, clouds on the increase… I just didn’t have it in me to get home and get all duded up just to be cold for the 55 minutes it would take me to ride the 17-1/2 miles. Nope.

Riding in the cold, for me, is one of those things. I don’t do it because I like it, I do it to get fit for warmer rides. After two big days outside, I simply didn’t have to put in a third.

I just didn’t want to be cold again. Dammit.

So I hooked the Trek up to the trainer when I got home and put in my 45 minutes watching The Martian. And it was good.  Well, it was better than being cold for an hour.  Sadly, unless the forecast changes, we don’t have much to look forward to over the next six or seven days.  Cold, a lot of snow, and not much really good for riding.  Ah well, this too shall pass.



  1. Paula says:

    One day, spring will come.

  2. theandyclark says:

    FWIW, I see the ultimate goal in all this as happiness. Not fitness? Well, why do you want to be fit. Dig at that for a while and you reach the point where you want to be fit because it makes you happier (or at least I get there).

    Want to be more competitive? Why? Who cares? You care, it makes you happier to be faster and go longer.

    Happy is not simple there. It’s certainly NOT the same thing as being constantly self-indulgent. Nor is it the same as obsessively following goals. That ultimately leads to OC and I’ve never known an OC person who struck me as happy. Goals can make you happy when you manage your goals, not when your goals manage you.

    So you had a day when the trainer worked better for you than the road. My understanding of your priorities are that you are in this for your health, and for your friends and somewhere beneath that to be more competitive. The biggest shortcoming in that for the trainer is that it’s not social. Personally, I have trouble being social when certain treasured pieces of my anatomy are turning into ice cubes, so probably not so much in this case.

    Ride on, better days are coming. And worse days…

  3. Dorothea says:

    good on you for taking it to the trainer, at least. I know that feeling sometimes of just not wanting to face the weather.

  4. Trainers are blah but useful when it’s nasty out and the legs say ride!

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