Today was to be a swimming day. Having been on the bike the past couple of days I was looking forward to a swim with no time pressure. It was an opportunity to enjoy being in the pool, to get some lengths under my belt. There was the added bonus of being back home before anyone else in the family got out of bed.
I have been tired so I didn’t set my alarm. I’m still getting back into the normal routine having enjoyed the relaxation of the festive period a little too much. My internal body clock has always been fairly reliable so I was confident that would wake up naturally in time to make the early morning session at the pool.
As planned, I woke up at around 7.30. It took me a few minutes to summon up the energy and the courage to look at the clock. 7.35… still plenty of time. I then had the inevitable dilemma… stay in my warm bed for a long Sunday lie, or move (fast) to swim.
The decision wasn’t straightforward. I had made the mistake of thinking about it. I should have just been up and out.
Two thoughts finally got me out of bed (1) I reminded myself why I was doing it in the first place and (2) that the exercise counts twice as much when you don’t want to do it! (See “Twice the satisfaction“)
After a very light breakfast, I headed to the pool…
The car park was surprisingly quiet. I allowed myself a self-satisfied thought to myself: “So, the New Year Resolutions don’t apply so much on a Sunday morning!”.
It was also quiet inside the pool. Too quiet.
Receptionist: “We have a gala here this weekend. All weekend. The pool’s closed.”
I guess it serves me right, but I’m not entirely sure why.
So, if you’re reading this over a leisurely breakfast, having had a long lazy lie, you can be satisfied that you have done exactly the same amount of exercise as I have so far today… without even thinking about it! Sometimes the thought just doesn’t count enough!
Gutted for you! There’s definitely a lesson there, but I’m not quite sure what it is either!
Yes… I’m still struggling to understand the moral of the story. At least I eventually managed to get to the gym to do some exercise. I did hope there may be a serendipity factor at play, but it must be a slow burner!