The recession and getting into shape

by ourmaninthenorth   January 30, 2009  

So, with most other bloggers having something interesting to say, I shall commence my second entry with a moan.

My employer, like so many others, has recently been through a round of redundancies. I was luck: I kept my job. But now, I'm not so sure I was so lucky.

Having spent the last few years working exceedingly hard, resulting in low fitness levels and an increasing girth (not helped by a *very* sweet tooth and a penchant for late night comfort eating), I expected that the effect of the recession on my working life might actually have some positive outcomes, not least on the firness and riding front.

How wrong was I? This week I have managed to commute two days (an aggregate of, wait for it, 20 miles), and completed one hard training ride of 25 miles with Miles and Nick from my club (Manchester Wheelers). That ride was ace, and it fired up my enthusiasm for doing much more in my now *free* evenings. I even planned to visit H (see my previous posting for references to the great man).

Well, the last three evenings have all had late finishes (9pm or later), and now I'm dreading the chaingang tomorrow. I can't hold on as it is, and just know that tomorrow will be a demoralising chase for an hour.

It's too soon to feel dejected at the thought of never getting fit enough to race, but, Prime Minister, while you're helping out the City boys, you couldn't bail me out of my job for long enough to get in shape, could you?

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hasn't done a lot for my fitness either, ironically Smile all these late nights and beer in the fridge, i'll hate myself in the morning... and all those bikes going through the office, none of them destined for me...

It's not all bad news for fitness in the recession though. mrs dave had an email round her company this week stating that if they could find 60 willing peeps they could have corporate membership at the leisure centre at about 70% off... nothing like the guilt of a gym direct debit to cajole you to the pool/spin bike/weights bench, even if it is a discount one.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7311 posts]
30th January 2009 - 22:21

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I am the stage where I would like redundancy if offered though cannot afford to up and go. The recession is meaning I may end up working longer. I am in an industry that is likely to benefit from Government funding of major infrastructure so less likely to be surplus. Also pension / savings taken a bit of a hit as well:-(

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posted by Blackhound [442 posts]
30th January 2009 - 23:34

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of the printed press seems to be taking it's time to die, and so redundancy hangs over me like a hanging thing...

I think I would welcome it, but need the kick up the arris of forced redundancy to actually make the move, as complacency is my specialised subject.

I am making it fit around my riding, so that also keeps me hanging on. I just need to retire, that is the only prefered option!

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [648 posts]
2nd February 2009 - 14:34

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