I usually read at the gym, because exercising is boring. Riding a real bicycle outside is fun, riding a stationary bicycle in a cold, sterile gym, not so much. I only go to the gym these days because I’m not hard core enough to ride a bicycle 10 miles through a Midwestern winter. There are people, no bullshit, who I see running and bicycling in the dead of January, when it’s 10F below, with balaclavas on. They are not messing around. Enough about that. So reading on the stairmaster or on the elliptical are easy peasy. They make the time go by, and I don’t even realize how long I’ve been on until the machine starts beeping to let me know my time is up.
This does not happen on treadmills at all. Forget reading, it’s simply impossible. Forget watching TV, forget being nosy and seeing how many mph the person next to me is running, forget doing anything but staring directly ahead and concentrating on my motions. I get completely discombobulated if I don’t concentrate. You?
Edit: This does not happen when I’m running outside. Only on treadmills.