Top Ten Reasons to Spin When You Don’t Want To

OK, we’re all in the same boat. If you’re in the Northeast, you’re under at least a foot of snow right now, and it has been that way for some time. There is no great thaw on the horizon. Let’s deal with it together, shall we?

So–how do you stay motivated to spin inside? My top ten list follows. Please chip in and leave your comments. We’re all seeking a little inspiration right now….do your part!

Top Ten Reasons to Keep Spinning
10.) Stress relief
9.) Keeping some level of fitness
8.) We might get a thaw and I want to be ready to really ride.
7.) Lance is on the cover of every single cycling magazine, and if he’s doing it AGAIN, dammit I should too.
6.) Keeping those 5 pounds off.
5.) Watching the Biggest Loser while spinning and knowing they are working way harder than you are, so stop whining and keep those legs moving…
4.) A reason to design interesting playlists on the ipod.
3.) Being single–have to keep in fightin’ shape.
2.) Secretly I’m a masochist and enjoy the tedium and martyrdom of this inane activity.
1.) Continuing to eat pretty much whatever I want.

Bottom line: This is a a means to an end. What do you do to prod yourself along?



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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling.

3 responses to “Top Ten Reasons to Spin When You Don’t Want To”

  1. Rodney Dunning says :

    Pop music and videos of past Tours de France are helpful for avoiding excruciating boredom. Something else that works well is a highly-structured workout, where I’m changing gears, effort-level, and cadence every few minutes.

    Don’t forget the essentials: a fan to keep cool air blowing on you (to replicate convective cooling that you get with outside rides), a towel, and plenty of water.

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