Ever since I was a kid, more so when I turned to a young adult, I have lost count how many times I dived into a sport (new and old) and thought to myself, "this is it... im in love."
The first few times I started swimming regularly, 2 years back, I remember slicing through the calm blue water and thinking to myself, "whoa, what a wonderful feeling. I love this."
Early mornings enjoying my solo spin along the empty deserted road I went, "ohmigod, I am in love and I won't let go."
In the middle of a super hard dolphin pose, "i... love... this!"
After a kickboxing class, "What a great workout! I love kickboxing!"
In my countless loop at the lake, the birth of many great things in my running, even my injuries - "I could die right now and I am at my happiest."
On and on it happened, be it hiking, surfing, field hockey, badminton and squash (damn... I miss squash).
None of these infatuations have to do with competitions. It was always about pure exercising, bad form, good form, low mileage and all.
Today was no example. I am still trying to pick up to where I left my fitness last - on the dusty shelf of my 'things to continuously do' library - and slowly regain back my exercising routine. It was a good Sunday. Woke up early, treated my parents to a nice breakfast of nasi dagang with ayam merah (the best, seriously) and vacuumed, swept, wiped the house. General cleaning done, suddenly I was in the mood to do a cardio.
So I did. I started out slow, telling myself its ok if I didnt complete the target. Its all about the warm up.
The main set was torturous. I nearly died twice trying to sustain the drills. Recently I am more interested in doing short hard intervals rather than long endurance oriented ones due to my limited time frame (and god only knows how I used to love endurance based workout!). Also, hard short workouts give more or less the same results as those who did long workouts.
Plus, I believe in the power of yoga. When I did yoga quite religiously all other cardio wasn't really hard. I sleep better, I climb up the hills better, I sustain better, you name it, yoga better-fy my athletic performance, even my life.
And right now I'm going to shower, clean the bathroom, do my weekly DIY facial, read a book and just become a lazy ass.