Do you have a plan B to do exercise when the weather is not what you wanted?
What is your usual plan B?
THE FAMOUS PLAN B
One thing I learned from project management is that it's good to have a plan B, even when the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and there is no sign of rain.
The time to develop the plan B "for times when it's raining", is when it's not raining.
I apply this attitude also for my exercise habits.
I decided already that weather won't keep me off from doing exercise, I have proper clothing, and I have been through this countless time: it's not as bad as it looks. From inside, it looks like a terrible weather, but actually when I'm out there it's really not that bad. So, I don't care about rain and wind.
But other things can however bring change that I need to adapt to.
When biking, my bike can go wrong; when running, there can be ice; when swimming the pool can be closed.; my membership card can be expired in the gym; it when going for my contact dance class, the teacher can be sick; when doing yoga based on a Youtube video, my projector can refuse to turn on.
So, I always have a backup option - in case I cannot do my first choice of exercise, I always fall back on option B, and I do some other type of exercise. Maybe it is less motivating, less calories, less comfortable, or whatever more "style-B", but I still do some exercise.
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
This Saturday, around 19:00, finally I made it and was on my bike ride.
"Finally", because, I was struggling the whole day to simply get out and go.
I don't know why, I just found a million things to do before doing exercise.
In the morning, I was fresh, and so learned German. Then the shops were closing and I had to do the shopping. Then I just had lunch and didn't want to go with a full stomach. Then I was sleepy in the afternoon, then I wanted to finish cleaning before my wife was back, and so on. Sounds familiar? :-)
However finally, at 19:00 pm, I was on my bike, riding. My plan was that I ride to "Raabklamm", a beautiful valley about 40 minutes ride from us, and do a little walk there, and ride back.
However, 10 minutes into my ride, the noise from my back wheels started to be really disturbing. I got off and checked it, and found that a screw was too lose, and hit the tires. It looked scary, if the screw comes out a bit more, it can make a spectacular puncture.
To repair it, I would need to dismount the whole rear-wheel setup, fasten the screw, and then remount and adjust the wheel. Although not a complicated job, it would take at least an hour.
Huuuuuhhhh... finally I'm out, and now my bike is down.
Shall I just skip exercise for today?!
Here came plan B:
I already wore my running shoes, running shorts and T-shirt for this reason.
I got home, parked my bike (doing some pretty angry faces), dropped my wind-jacket, and hit the road immediately to run.
It was windy, it was close to sunset, I was totally upset about the silly screw that screwed up my ride... I didn't feel motivated to run... I was nearly dragging myself forward. Physically effort wise, it was not that bad, but in my mind it felt like it.
However, after 15 minutes, this feeling was over, and I was in my usual happy running mood, enjoyed the trees, the changing colours of the sunset. It even started to rain in the end, but I decided to enjoy running int he rain, I had enough being upset due to my bike. :-)
Here you are some pictures and selfies from my run.
I was angry to my bike, so I didn't make any photo of it! :-)
My take away:
if I had to come up to the apartment, search for my running gear, and then go, there would have been a high chance that I get sidetracked, and my exercise plans for Saturday go down to zero. So it was a good decision to factor in going to my bike ride in running gear, "just in case".
is to always have a "Plan B Exercise" in your pocket, ready to do: beside your main exercise, or favourite activity, have some other options that you can do. This way, when difficulties arise, you can still stay on the bigger track.
So, what is your plan B exercise for "bad weather"?
Do you have several fall back options, or just one?
Or if you don't have any - what would it be?
I'm interested - give me some tips!