“The noons are more laconic and the sundowns sterner. November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” Emily Dickinson
Christine’s post this morning reminded me that I need a plan for November. November looms.
Regular readers of the blog know how much I hate late fall. I won’t even link to all my dark and fall hating posts. There’s too many. But here’s one that rolls them all together.
In 2016 here’s how I described November, “November kind of just pounced on me, tackled me to the ground, and pinned me before I even had a chance to tap the mat.” Each year, I struggle with November. In 2014, I set specific November goals. In 2016, I gave in and set my sights on December.
What’s wrong with November exactly?
Brief recap: It’s dark. It’s cold. It’s wet. And there’s no snow yet to play in.
That’s my annual seasonally affected whine. It’s saved by Christmas (bright lights) and then by the new year (increasing light, bigger plans and ambitions) but November often feels to me like one long, slow, dark miserable month.
It’s best when I ride anyway and get tough but I don’t always have the stamina for that.
It’s also, just in terms of training, a weird time. Back before the fittest by fifty challenge with Tracy, I just tended to go into the fall as long as I could and then give up completely until after the new year. November was my annual fitness dark valley.
During the challenge I moved my serious bike training indoors come end of October and stuck with a plan.
Now I’m not quite sure where I am here in 2018. My evenings are often busy with work commitments so I can’t sign up for regular indoor bike training. Training on my bike at home on the trainer happens later, when I’m keen, but I’m not there yet.
This year I made a plan for the early fall and pledged to tell new stories. I took swimming lessons and that helped. But they’ve ended. It’s darker and colder and my resolve is wearing thin.
So I need a plan for November and biking. Might be indoor spin classes at lunch a couple of times a week. Might be adding a 10-20 km loop to my morning commute or riding at lunch hour. Might be doing more consistent lower body strength training that’s not just rehab of my miserable left knee.
I don’t know yet what my plan will be. There’s a few days left in October yet. But I know I need a plan. And I’m working on it.
Is there a month you hate the most from a fitness point of view? What’s the challenge? How do you cope?