I'm one of those people who's always been lucky enough to be fairly fit just by day to day life. However as I'm getting older I'm finding that's less effective, especially to keep in "peak" condition, rather than just bumbing along. (if I miss a week's riding, I feel like I've lost all my top end power, if I don't climb at least weekly I drop grades etc.), and this really pees me off, and I end up hating myself for being fat/lazy/slow/stupid.
But I absolutely cannot get my head round just doing exercise for the hell of it. Being bike fit is a side result of enjoying riding bikes, not the end in itself. I climb because I love the head games and the movement, nothing to do with the strength it brings. So if I either don't want to (crap weather) or can't (silly season at work) ride, I just get slow/fat/lazy. I have a turbo trainer, but it just sits there. I just can't visualise grinding away indoors in the cellar. Just, why???
I've thought about taking up running, but again, no motivation to do so. I don't actually enjoy running, and I can't just go and "go for a run" because I haven't run anywhere for 20+ years and I know if I do it for more than 20 minutes, I'll be crippled for the next day or 2, which will put me off doing it ever again.
I know there's a large element of HTFU in this, but I can't get my head round a reason *to* HTFU. I don't have any targets, I don't race (nor do I want to). I'm doing the Transprovence Tour in June, but I'm pretty convinced that doing 1400m+ climbing a day for a week won't cause me any undue issues (have done it before with no probs). I "assume" I'll get away with it, because I always have, but surely I can do better than "get away with it" (until it's raining next time I want to go out on the road bike, when I'll sack it off)?
SO what makes you exercise, just for the exertion?