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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Spin Cycle

Hi friends!

No, today I'm not telling you about my laundry (most of which got caught up at the beginning of the week, thank you very much!). I'm talking about cycling, or biking. I decided to be adventurous and try my first cycling class. I have been thinking of trying it for a while, but I wanted to do it with someone. My first workout buddy--my mommy--recently sprained her ankle badly enough that she was on crutches for a bit. Still recovering-strike one. My other workout buddy--my neighbor--was recently put on bed rest for two weeks (she's pregnant with her second child!)-strike two. So, with hopes of seeing someone I knew from zumba, I headed out to try my hand (erm, legs?) at cycling. I arrived to the class about five minutes early after dropping off the munchkins. Good thing I did! I got one of the last four bikes. Unbeknownst to me, this has become a rather popular class. Sadly, I did not recognize anyone in the class-strike thre... BUT WAIT! I decided I wasn't out and I was still going to give it a try.

The instructor chatted with me about what to expect and helped me adjust the seat (oh, I've learned it's called a 'saddle'--I thought those were for horses... moving on). One of the questions she asked me was if I was new to cycling or new to fitness in general. Um, ouch, lady! Just cycling... Alright, so I wasn't offended at the time, but I'm a little offended now as I think back about it. To be fair, I'm not in stellar body shape and that makes it a fair-er question. Who knows, maybe she just asks everyone regardless of size the same question. I'm going to tell myself that to make myself feel better and to give her the benefit of the doubt.

She basically told me not to try to keep up with everyone and take lots of breaks and basically ignore her when she told the class to turn the resistance up and down. Ok, then! Can do! *big thumbs up* I really didn't touch the dial the first 35 minutes of class. The last 25 minutes I did do a little with it. I'm glad I listened to her advice. I'm feeling it today! Love (hear sarcasm here) working muscles in a different way so I can really feel 'em the next day. Although, I have to tell you when I workout now I get that great high. I'm a sick, sick person, I know. lol However, I feel good and rather accomplished for the day and it seems like I accomplish more throughout the day as well. Love that!

I think I shall try cycling again. It's something I'd like to become proficient at. It seems like a lot of people cycle down here. And that makes sense since you can do it year-round in the desert. I've always enjoyed biking, but this takes it to a new level. I think I will settle for being proficient though--I'm not looking to compete in triathlons... yet.

Happy Friday Follow!!!
Blessings,
R

P.S. Do you have any tips for a new cyclista?


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36 comments:

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  5. Following your lovely blog on FF!

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  6. Hi. Thanks for the follow...and the vote!!! Of course I'm following you back. It is my pleasure. I am looking forward to getting to "know" you more.

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    Happy Friday.
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  8. Thanks for following! New follower from FF.

    Cycling was one of the very few activities I enjoyed at the gym (when I was still going to the gym ummm 2 years ago).

    Good luck to you, happy cycling and hope you have a great weekend!!

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  14. Hi. I saw your post on Follow Me Friday. I am so glad you tried the class. That IS how I got started doing triathlons. It's easier than you would think.

    I hope you will drop by sometime.

    Have a great weekend.

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  15. Following back from Friday Follow.Thanks for following.
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  18. Following you back! Glad to hear you stuck through the class. They can be a bit intimidating, I also get that feeling of accomlishment on the days that I work out.

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  23. Thank you for following me and now I am following you back! I have no advice for a new cyclist but I have been dying to get back to the gym and would love to try it! I hear it is amazing! Until my 4 month old gets a bit older, I will probably have to stick with working out at home. I think I will try the gym sitting service when she is closer to 6 or 8 months...what do you think?

    Anyway, I live in the desert too! Where are you? We are in Tucson. I am originally from Louisville, KY where my ENTIRE family is still. I am out here with my husband and his family. I like it though. Especially when it is a nice winter and my folks back home are freezing!!

    Anyway, it was nice "meeting" you! Hopefully we can get to know each other better. I am venturing back into my weight loss, diet, exercise plan this next Monday! I have a blog set up and a FB page...here you go in case you are interested...we can keep each other motivated (or you can keep me motivated - sounds like you already have the mojo!

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  30. The more biking you do the easier it gets. Expect to be stiff the first two or three times. Anyway, Happy Friday Follow! I'm following you now and I hope you'll visit my blog and follow me too?

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  31. Wow, cycling can be rough, so you totally have my respect!

    I wouldn't worry too much about what the instructor said to you, it's probably just part of her regimen to ask people what level they're at with fitness.

    Good luck with your weight loss and thank you so much for visiting me on my SITS Day! :)

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  32. spin class kicks my butt every time i go. my only advice is to get the padded shorts and push yourself. the first time i went i fell down the stairs after class because my knees collapsed. awesome. for some reason i went back.

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  33. Ooh I have a lot of friends that take spin classes and they absolutely love it! I hope that you enjoy your classes and good luck with them!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  34. My only thought (other than thanking you for stopping by last Friday!) is to get a REALLY squishy seat and take some advil 30 minutes prior to your ride!

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  35. My husband (Big Daddy P) is a cycling FANATIC, like seriously. He rides, builds cardon fiber frames and lives and breathes cycling culture. While I don't have any tips because I doubt my ability to even still know how to ride a bike, I do know this. He is in supreme physical condition. Cycling is an amazing workout and the girlies who cycle look AMAZING! Good for you, keep it up! You are getting one fabulous cardio workout!

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