Sitting in jammies contemplating the joys of exercise, because after a week of 2-hour-a-day exercise sessions (will explain why later), I lack the energy to get out of bed . One class instructor frequently asks “are you having fun”, and I wonder if that is a trick question? Does the fun come during exercise or a day later when upon wakening my muscles are screaming, or much later when hopefully I begin to see the results of exercise? Maybe it’s me? When I look in the mirrors at others in the class, no one seems to be having fun. Sometimes the group xercise is like a scene out of “An Officer and a Gentleman”, where Louis Gossett is yelling at Richard Gere and the other recruits. Last week one of the instructors actually went around the class inspecting how much weight each person was using and “encouraging” each person to use heavier weights!
Yesterday I got an email survey from my health club asking why I exercise; what exercises do I do; when do I exercise, etc. One of the possible answers to many of the questions was “so that others will have a high impression of me”. What?! Since they included this answer on the list of possibilities, I presume that some people would put themselves through this pain for others! This may be a matter of doing the right thing for the wrong reason. So, maybe the “why” doesn’t matter as long as you do it.
In case you are wondering why I am doing all this exercise… I am training for what I call a “warmup or wimpy triathlon” also known as a Super Sprint Triathlon, which sounds incredible, but is actually a baby-step in the world of Triathlons. For those who don’t know, a triathalon is composed of swimming, biking, and running. A Super Sprint Triathlon is 400m/10km/2.5km. A Sprint Triathlon (I did in 2011) is 750m/20km/5km, and a standard distance Triathlon is 1500m/40km/10km.
Getting back to the “fun” part… some of the wacko people that I know who do Triathlons and Ironman’s for fun seem to have redefined pain as fun. Aha… maybe that’s the secret to life!