Now that I’m back to my Olympic-level fitness regime — going twice a week to the gym, using low weights for an hour and calling it a day — I feel like a real athlete again. Not to mention that I also run and play badminton too. And for those who may feel inclined to deride my practicing badminton, I’ll take you guys on the court any day (ideally Tuesdays, and preferably if you suck) and show you how demanding a sport that can be. And no, I do no have a self esteem issue of any kind here, thank you very much.
More prosaically, my shoulder is not quite back to 100% yet, so I do pay a lot of attention in not pushing it too hard, not using excessively heavy weights or piling on exercises a little too forcefully. All things I’ve done in the past, with the result you know. Also, I get prepared as well as I possibly can beforehand, by sleeping well (an easy feat), eating before going (but not too much: again, I’m learning), slowly warming up to get in fighting shape for the gym.
Which happens to be located up the street, i.e. under 5 minutes door to door. And I have the cheapest membership, which means I only get access before noon or between 2pm and 5pm — on weekdays. To be clear (I’ve checked), as long as you get in the door before noon, it’s fine. So I obviously tend to arrive around 11:40-11:45, because warming up oviously takes time. Also, I’m disciplined enough never to have fallen back to the afternoon slot, and that’s a source of great pride in my house (although my fiancée doesn’t even know I go to the gym, a testament to how cautious I am with these free weights).
This morning, around 11:25, I started getting ready, picking up my gym bag, sport clothes, filling up my water bottle… while the cat was staring at me from his couch, wondering what kind of idiotic human ritual that was (he may be right, the jury’s still out). Then I noticed that my sport watch, the one that has GPS, all sorts of trackers but that I use mostly to tell the time, was almost out of battery. A state of affairs that would prove somewhat stupid, going to the one place where I might actually need its features running.
So I decided to quickly recharge the battery, stuck it on the USB port on the side of my laptop, sat back down and started watching a Youtube video. What are you gonna do?
I got in the gym at 11:59. And forgot my watch.