Tuesday, January 11, 2011


At the end of every day, I think to myself, "Maybe tomorrow I should go renew my swim club membership," or "Perhaps tomorrow I'll take my bike out for a spin." And then I start thinking about the logistics of actually doing any of those things and I quickly get discouraged.

It's not that I don't want to swim or want to ride my bike. I just don't want to deal with the mental burden of fitting those activities into my day. Last year, that was a fun puzzle. Right now, however, it feels more like a chore. This is normal for people who spend the better part of the year training for one singular race, right? Post-race (post-post-post-race, at this point?) lethargy?

Anyway, to swim, I'd have to get my gear together. I have to figure out when to swim and how I'll get there - how it'll fit swimming around schedule that now includes long trips to and from Mountain View. I'd have to be mentally prepared to swim in the cold and in the dark... Yuck. I'd also need to renew my membership at the club, which is expensive enough that I need to be ready to really commit before I start racking up bills.

Cycling doesn't have the expense factor (though M2 spin classes do), but there is some work I'd like to do on my bike before I hop back on it. It is probably past time for a new cassette and chain. But for the most part, I don't really feel like putting myself through frigid, windy morning rides or broiling, sweaty spin classes. Meh. Extremes in temperature are overrated!

In my defense, it's not like I haven't been doing anything. I've been out for short runs every other day since the year began, and now that I have easy access to a weight room, I'm trying to take advantage of it. But yeah, compared to what I was doing in October or November, 90 minutes of running every week's not much to blog about.

I know I want to do another epic triathlon this year - at least, I know I'll regret it if I don't do another epic triathlon this year - so I've got until mid-February to shake this malaise. I think I'll deal with that deadline the same way I dealt with them in college: by procrastinating.