It’s gym life, but not as we know it

So anyway, on Tuesday I went to the gym. Mrs Fles came with me but then went home after half an hour (as usual). I knew she was going to watch EastEnders, which meant that I didn’t need to be back until eight o’clock. Rather than shower at the gym, I figured I could stay exercising until 7:55 and then walk home in my gym kit and shower there. When I got home, I knew I didn’t have to replace the clean underwear in my gym bag because it was still unworn. The relevance of this will become apparent shortly.

On Thursday night I got to the gym and was halfway through changing when I realised that I had no t-shirt or gym socks (because I hadn’t re-stocked my gym bag on Tuesday). Going home and coming back again would have been a schlock so I decided to just keep my work shirt and socks on – after all, it’s only the gym and, anyway, I’m in my forties now: nobody’s looking any more. Well, they weren’t looking until then, at least…

Whatever, continually repeating the “I forgot my kit” excuse whenever I got a quizzical look, I used the gym for an hour (don’t ever do this in a shirt, incidentally – it’s far too hot and it really sticks to you) and then it was time to go home. Obviously, there was no point in showering at the gym because I didn’t have any clothes to change into… and it was at this point that I realised I was now going to have to walk home wearing gym shorts and trainers with an office shirt and socks. And it was still broad daylight.

As I left, I asked the receptionist if I looked as stupid as I felt. “I don’t know,” she said. “How stupid do you feel?”

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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One Response to It’s gym life, but not as we know it

  1. vera ersilia says:

    Good story for us … ! Funny but minor life experience for you. Things would become pretty boring if we did not do some of these ‘awakening things’ sometimes.

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