Remember back in my Choosing Topics post where I mentioned that sometimes posts start with just a title? This is one of those posts.
The original title of this post came to my while working out. Since starting boot camp, I’ve pretty much neglected the gym. But I recently decided to start training for a 5K, so I’ve been forcing myself to go back. And you know what? I kinda missed it!
So, I was going to write a post called “My Love/Hate Affair with the Gym” and I was going to explain to that, even though I love boot camp, I’m looking forward to getting back to the gym full-time this winter. How it’s closer, cheaper, and more convenient than boot camp. How the gym is a solitary experience. A chance to put on my iPod, work on personal goals and tune everything else out
And then our boot camp leader, Bobbi, dropped a bomb.
She’s leaving. No more boot camp after October!
It came as quite a blow to many of us. As much as I was looking forward to a reprieve from boot camp this winter, I wanted to be able to go back to it in the Spring.
Unlike the gym, boot camp is a social experience. Yeah, we work hard, but the women in my group are like friends. We’ve spent 3 days a week together for the last 4 months. We know about each other’s jobs and families and we support one another throughout the workouts. Although I might recognize people from the gym, I don’t know them—I don’t say hi when I see them around town. Hell, I don’t even know most of their names.
And then, there’s Bobbi. She’s a great trainer and leader. She puts up with a lot of complaining from us and helps us stay on track. She varies the workouts so that we don’t get bored and keeps us accountable by scheduling workouts 3x a week.
I guess the old adage is true: You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. These last 6 weeks of boot camp will be bittersweet. Yeah, I can find other classes to take. And I might even be more devoted to running if I don’t have boot camp to “distract” me. But I’m gonna miss it nonetheless!