I’m loving indoor training. I get it. It’s my new favourite evening (in). A cycling variation on Netflix & Chill. Just sweatier. For 1.
Netflix & Spin.
It’s OK to change your mind.
Select interval training program, clip in and sweat. I’ve always loved a good sweat – somehow cleansing. This is sweating of a different magnitude – puddle on the floor sweating, I’m considering wearing a McEnroe-esque head band. Just considering, I’m not there yet.
It helps that I can overlay a box-set on to the trainer control panel, positioning it over the ever slow ‘time to go’. An episode (or 2) of Vikings later (I’m fully up to speed on Game of Thrones) and with total mileage spun loaded up to Strava.com, keeping the annual mileage ticking up – it’s an hour well spent.
I admit I was wrong about indoor training. I’m not going to stop now even though my hand is healing and ready to get back on the road. As I mop the floor, I ask myself what else might I be wrong about?
Might I be wrong about BREXIT? What if…
Britain is a trailblazer (BREXITEERS would love that), the sparks of the EXITEER-movement shows signs of catching alight in Continental Europe. Amongst the post-truth hysteria there are some incontrovertible truths.
- The EU is a project that needs a reboot for our times. A post war concept born out of disaster it has served to preserve peace for 70 years. But nothing lasts forever. European Federalism looks tired and outdated.
- Globalisation needs the brakes applied. Globalisation is super-efficiency, super-low-cost, super-I-want-it-now. Is it worth it? Are the jobs lost making jeans in the UK* to 3rd World Sweatshop using child labour worth it? Globalisation isn’t by the people for the people. The Globalisation we have allowed is for the ever-demanding consumer by the stateless corporations.**
- Political and Civil Bureaucracy needs trimming a back. Central Governments are weighed down by unnecessary self-fulfilling bureaucracy that has lost sight of its original purpose. The gravy train is running at full speed, no one can jump off (even if they wanted to), it’s impossible to get on. Maybe it’s time to drain the swamp. Just not if it’s to build a parking lot (that’s not progress).
We don’t need the same-old capitalism, liberalism, socialism (see above outdated project needing a re-boot), we can’t turn back the clock but we can work out a new modern international dynamism.
I hope the UK can be at the vanguard, sweat out the clowns (boris, farage, rees-mogg) and show the right way through smart thinking, hard work, no cutting corners.***
*Substitute with any Developed World country
*** I’m not convinced we’re heading in this direction.