I recently came across a blog that "spoke" to me: The “good enough” workout
The author was referencing the "winter slump" in his physical activity and trying to get back on track with his workouts. He said "Whenever I am in such a slump, I allow myself a series of “good enough” workouts. In essence, I force myself to go to the gym or on a run, with a very simple goal: simply to do something."
Although I can't chalk it up to winter any longer: the weather has been outstanding as of late. But due to the challenges of transformative times, my response has been far less than outstanding. Days of wonderful weather which have brought me such exuberance and euphoria in the past have as late been met with an underwhelming undertow of "meh." While I know this too shall pass, what to do in the meantime?
Well, ya gotta just put one foot ahead of the other, go through the motions, fake-it-till-ya-make-it until that Spark inside is triggered and burns brightly once again...as I know it will do.
Things are different this year and while I regret some of the changes, I can live with them and know that I'm doing "good enough" for now.
For instance, while it nags at me, for the time being, I've made a decision NOT to commute to work on my bike. Despite making time for enough quantity of sleep, the QUALITY of my sleep has been suffering and I struggle to get my rear in gear in the morning. There just ain't enough gas in the tank to get on my bike for a commute. It is what it is. Leaving room to change my mind, certainly.
Weekend rides with the bike club have commenced at long last and the camaraderie of the club members is a life-saver. But I'm not getting the bump or lift to which I've been accustomed to getting in the past. We have a couple more rides through some gorgeous territory with awesome weather forecasted for this weekend.
So riding is pretty much limited to weekends. During the week I make sure to have my gym bag packed and ready to fall into one workout or another through the week. And these workouts are "good enough."
Another compromise I'm making is to NOT do the Binghamton Bridge Run 5K this Sunday as I had planned, despite having paid my $25. Two reasons:
1) one of our long-term bike club members is moving out of the area and she will be leading her wonderful Pepacton Reservoir bike ride for the last time this Sunday, the same day as the 5K.
And 2) my attempts to get out and jog have seriously flagged and I've opted for my usual fitness center cardio of spinning, elliptical, rowing and stair climbing. And I've made up my mind that this is perfectly okay: it's good-enough!
One bright spot recently has been at our annual dinner for the bike club we had, for the first time, a Safety Contest drawing. Members had to take the Safety Course offered by the League of American Bicyclists
print out proof that we've passed the test, sign it and enter the contest to win a free pass to our Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour upcoming from June 12-14
Shameless plug here: SURELY some of you are gonna JOIN me there...RIGHT?!? The beautiful Finger Lakes, Wineries, campfires, stellar company...can't beat it for $100 for the entire weekend! :-)
...and I WON! Pretty cool savings!
Another big adjustment has recently presented itself: I've finally gotten hearing aids for the first time and it's been a very weird time adjusting to them. They bring a sort of disembodied, robo-ear sort of feeling...it's not ME that's hearing but my hearing aids! Plus I'm hearing all sorts of high pitched sounds I've not heard in years which can drive me CRAZY at times! Birds chirping from way far away sound like they're on my SHOULDER. The ticking of a clock. The clickety-clack of my formerly "quiet" PC keyboard. The crinkle of shaking out a plastic grocery bag can be such a startling sound. Very, very strange. But giving it time to become adjusted. I've already made up my mind that hearing aids and bicycling do not mix: no roaring wind tunnel to distract my cycling thank you!
The main thing is I'm keeping on track with workouts and healthy food choices, keeping one foot ahead of the other. And that is truly just good enough.