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