There were seasons/years when I prided myself in my ability to HTFU. No matter the weather, no matter the workout needed, I went riding (or Nordic skiing). One winter, I didn't ride the trainer once. It was a fun game to see how long I could go without riding the trainer.
But there were times during my HTFU-ing when I wondered if I was really being tough, or just plain stupid. At what point does hardening the fuck up become stupid? When the wind blows you off the road? When you fall down on the icy roads? When both your water and your fingers are frozen solid? Or when it just plain isn't fun?
I enjoy riding in the cold. I enjoy skiing in the cold. I also enjoy doing both in the snow. But what I don't enjoy is when it isn't fun. Doing exercise when it isn't fun, sucks. So, I've learned my lessons.
Lesson #1- Skate skiing when it is below 5 degrees- sucks
Lesson #2- Riding in the VERY windy- sucks
Lesson #3- Riding when it's 20 degrees- is close to sucking
Lesson #4-Riding when it's less than 15 degrees- sucks
That's it. Four lessons learned. Today, all four lessons are in full effect and I may have to ride the trainer. Windy and 4 degrees outside. Does that make me smarter or have I just become soft?