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Mad Dawg - My Gift to Myself

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas, Sparkers. For many reasons not worth going into here, Dan and I do not make a big fuss about Christmas. More often than not, we go to a movie and get Chinese food afterwards. And that's what we did today. Tomorrow is work.

Sometimes Dan and I exchange gifts with one another, but this year we didn't. We were feeling poor because after a year of on and off conversations, we made the commitment to buy a Peloton stationary bike with the subscription to the streaming and live classes. I've tried it a few times to see how the whole thing works and to get comfortable with it.

As I mentioned in my list of what I'd been up to since August, I mentioned that Andrew left Spectrum and I decided this weekend to not renew my membership. The last time my contract came up for renewal, I gave serious thought to not continuing. Spectrum is insanely expensive. Andrew and Dr. Mike were worth it given my state of health and well-being when I started. I decided that I was much too attached to Andrew and the 6AM Crew and renewed for 18 months. This time around I thought I had a little more time to decide if I was going to stay or not.

I met Andrew on Saturday morning for coffee and we talked about the pros and cons of my staying at Spectrum. We agreed that it is an outstanding program. We talked about the Crew and the camaraderie and how the members have changed over the years. I was fairly certain that I wasn't going to renew, but I wanted Andrew's professional opinion. He told me that he was sure that I would do well with another trainer. He also told me in a very careful way that he thought that the current composition of the crew was holding me back - too much joking around and not enough focus. As much as it pains me, I think he is right. I signed up the next day at another gym that I've gone to occasionally with a co-worker.

Today I gave myself the gift of re-committing to my health - not that I'd slacked off - but with the transition, I decided I needed to not give myself an inch of slack. Then I hopped on the Peloton this morning and I took the FTP test ride. This is basically where you kill yourself for 20 minutes on the bike with a program that gets progressively harder. This is your baseline for subsequent rides. I planned and prepped my meals for tomorrow. I packed my gym bag and I figured out my work out for tomorrow morning. I'm ready to go.

Spark on, Sparkers!
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