Reading technology books at the gym

Ok, so I made these two New Year's resolutions: that I'd reduce the size of my butt and I'd increase the strength of my brain by learning more about and Longhorn. Mostly because I hate also sitting around (on my butt) feeling stupid in the presence of intellectual giants. Which, not to be too Pollyanna about it, will indeed happen at Microsoft.

In the old days when I was taking my sys admin class, I'd sit on the recumbent bike and as my legs droned on and on I'd try to absorb stuff about config files and DNS and what ports are sacred, and after an hour my legs would be tired and my brain would be too, and it would be a great workout. So, I figure, what the heck and thought I'd try it today.

At the gym near Microsoft, I'm sure none of this would have raised any eyebrows (sweaty geeks and their families own the joint practically) but I also belong to a rather California-style place in Seattle where I must summon my inner personal trainer, “Raoul, “ to tell me I look fabulous as I lift very puny weights to the throbbing beat of techno. Now,  I *like* techno, and its all very metrosexual, even if I am a chick, but I got there and realized that my *tech book* was too fat to fit on the bike. It's bad enough that you are worrying about your own girth, but then there's skulking back to the locker with your FAT RED ASP.NET book, cause the body of knowledge is too big to fit on the Trendmaster 9000, or whatever these things are called.Sigh.

So I watched mindless re-runs of sports shows on the multiple blaring TVs and my inner Raoul told me I looked fabulous and to work it harder under the glaring lights and the silver and steel riveting all around the mirrors, and I vowed: in an Internet cafe tomorrow, I will work the brain. I will work the *brain.*


Comments (10)
  1. julie lerman says:

    Betsy – Very funny. You sound like me talking about the size of my butt and how dumb I feel around all of the rocket scientists when I go to conferences. 🙂 Sadly, I can’t combine my exercise and education and my hubbie is right now attempting to tear me away from my computer to go skiing (which is truly my preference).

  2. Oh, I sooooo can relate to this! Although these days, I’ve brought my outside recumbent bike into the house and I ride it (with a trainer) at home. So I don’t have to worry about what anyone thinks about my fat butt or my fat book!

    Sometimes I read, but it occurs to me that something else I could do would be to watch a webcast of something (conveniently, my computer and bike are both in the same room), or I could also listen to an edition of .NET Rocks. If you have an MP3 player, that might be an alternative – that way you could work your brain without the bulk of the book.

    For me, this is only temporary. If the weather ever warms up again (I’m in Minnesota, so it could be March or June!) I’ll be riding outside, which means I’ll definitely want to be aware of my surroundings. Once that happens, these two activities (working my butt and working my brain) will definitely be separated.

  3. Roger Wilson says:

    I downloaded several of the .NET Rocks! episodes and converted them from WMA to MP3 so that I could listen to them at the gym on my iPod.

    Now I just need to learn to not bust out laughing when listening to Don Box. 🙂

  4. Erik says:

    I’m with Avonelle: bring something intellectually uplifting on your Pocket PC that you can listen to instead.

    .NET Rocks works, but sometimes gets a little chatty. You could download the PDC sessions to watch with Windows Media Player.

    I’ve recently gone through all the VSIP overview presentations on my PPC, although I can’t promise that they’ll bring out the "metrosexual" in you as well the cool techno music.

  5. KC Lemson says:

    I geek it out while working out, but I confess my geekiness is of a different sort… I watch old star trek (TNG) reruns. Every time I see wesley crusher I think "and now he has a blog." It’s a simple life, but I like it. 🙂

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