I am trying to mentally prepare myself for my second attempt at cycling. It’s tomorrow at 5:30. As in the MORNING hours. (I know. I am crazy). I have gained a little weight since Memorial Day Weekend. As in 10+ pounds in 3 months. And it has to GO. I found this note I wrote in 2009 on my facebook account. It makes me giggle now. But it was so painful then! I remember the pain vividly- so vividly that I am off to go make sure I have frozen peas in the freezer ready for my return to cycling tomorrow. For those who know me best, you know I am not a morning person. You also know I’ve not been my happy self due to the gain because my britches are too tight!
This note was written long before I did a half marathon and long before I discovered boxing. It is amazing the things I’ve made my body do- having said alllllll along that they couldn’t be done. CAN’T is not in my vocabulary anymore. I have some limitations due to injuries- but cycling and I – we could be friends, I think. We’ll see after tomorrow. For you folks that pray before you go to bed- you may want to add me to the list. I hope I can walk out of the gym tomorrow!
From my facebook account in May, 2009
my first cycling class at the gym…
So ya’ll know I have been trying fairly desperately to get back in shape and back into a healthy lifestyle. Since January I’ve been trying to make changes in my life to get back to the weight I was when Jason and I got married. I have a LONG.WAY.TO.GO…
On this journey, I’ve come to like the stationary bike, the elliptial trainer, RUNNING (WTH??) and even weight training and distance walking. I thought today I would add a spin class to my repertoire of exercise. I went into the studio where the class is held yesterday when there was nobody there so that I could acclimate myself with the bike since its very different than other stationary bikes.
Class was at 2:45 and taught by a lovely young lady named Karee. I went into it thinking it would be a wonderful experience and GO ME for adding something new to my activities.
We had a 10 minute warm up. At this point I am thinking this is so not hard and why didn’t I try this much sooner?
10 more minutes go by and Karee says to turn the little knob thingy to add some tension. Sure. No problem…for about 2 minutes, I was good to go.
5 minutes goes by and Karee, who is really cute, curly red headed girl who’s obviously been doing this a looong while tells me and my fellow spinners to take it back a notch and pedal faster and build up some speed. Karee is a nice girl.
SO we’re up to about 25 minutes and Karee is using terms like “turn it up a tiny bit” and “find your cadence”. WHAT? What the hell is cadence? I thought that was musically related. I had to google it when I got home. Karee is soon looking like the spawn of satan to me now, as I have sweat dripping off every conceivable part of my body and the mascara that I so diligently applied this morning is now dripping from my cheeks.
at about 30 minutes, we go a little steadier and I am again feeling pretty dang good about this. She’s playing “Sideways” by Dierks Bentley. Being that I am a country fan, I am digging this music and trying to find that cadence Devil I mean Karee is talking about. No such luck.
35 minutes in and we’re turning up our tension so that it simulates going uphill. I am of the opinion that I am either going to die right here in this gym, fall off the bike from exhaustion or I am going to slide off it because I am sweating so much. My butt hurts from the bike seat and I swear I can no longer feel muscles on the backs of my legs. But there Karee is, with her little peppy self changing things like “go! You can do it! Ride it out! Make it burn! Make it count!)
At 45 minutes I was spent. I felt like I could throw up, which I am assuming is not a good thing to do at the gym in front of all these people. I think that means you’re burning sugar and not fat. Whatever it was, I knew that it was bad and I needed to get on out of there as gracefully as I could. I slid off the bike, cleaned it off and nearly crawled out of the room….I went by the front desk to get my keys and the guy looked at me as if I may need some medical attention. I grabbed my keys and made my way to the car. I scared myself when I looked in the rear view mirror. Mascara goes on your eyes. Not your mouth. Though I have short hair, it is not supposed to stick straight up! I’d sweat so much that my hair did not even resemble a hair STYLE.
As I drove home, I pondered about my weight loss journey and how I’ve made my body do things I never thought possible. Running? Piece of cake compared to Karee’s insanity class. An hour on the elliptical, sure thing. Sign me up. But here’s a piece of advice kids, from me to you….
Should you consider spinning and you’re already a bit overweight, CHUBBY GIRLS SHOULDN’T SPIN! Give it another 10 pounds and then give it a go. Yes I realize that if I keep spinning I will no longer BE chubby. Of course I won’t, because I will throw up if I do that class anytime real soon.
So that is my cycling story, folks. I’ll do it again….maybe not like TOMORROW, but I will do it again. When I can regain the feeling in my behind and thighs.
OH- and the definition of cadence in cycling…is…
The speed at which the pedals turn, measured in Revolutions Per Minute.
Find your Cadence!