This was another workout that made me feel like a badass. I was traveling for a work related training event this weekend. Up to Bangkok to stay in a hotel on Friday and Saturday night for a conference on Saturday and then some sightseeing on Sunday.
Perfect excuse to skip a workout right? Traveling. Working on the weekend. Crowded hotel fitness facilities. Completely suboptimal conditions. Except that I didn’t. Skip that is.
Instead, I went down to the hotel pool after my seminar wrapped up and knocked out the following swim:
Not too impressive right? Right. Except that I had plenty of good excuses not to do it (including the fact that I had to dodge clueless, oblivious goofballs in the hotel pool) and I did it anyway.
I think this is something that is absolutely key to my fitness consistency and lifestyle stability: ignoring optimization. It is way, way too easy to justify skipping a workout because of suboptimal conditions. Let me know if any of these sound familiar:
- I don’t have enough time to do a REAL workout
- I don’t have enough time to do my full, planned workout
- I don’t know a good (run/bike) route
- I don’t have the right (shorts/shoes/attire) with me
- I don’t have my (iPod/Garmin/headphones/piece of technology) charged.
- I don’t want to bother the other people who will be around.
- I’m too embarrassed to work out in from of these complete strangers.
That’s what I thought. Overcoming or ignoring any and all of these excuses and conducting “suboptimal” workouts is critical to maintaining workout momentum and a good rhythm. Something is better than nothing. A good plan now executed with aggression is better than a perfect plan later (or never).