The room was somewhat dark and the music was blasting. It brought me back to the days where life was about dancing and moving to the beat. It was like I was 22 all over again. I even put that age next to my name when I signed in…to the gym.
Sigh. I wasn’t on a dance floor.
This was my FIRST EVER SPIN CLASS.
Brace yourselves people. You know me enough by now, to wonder what in the world was she thinking? I myself was wondering the same at that point.
You see, my friend Shannon who was running the class invited me. She was always posting on Facebook about how awesome these workouts are and how everyone seems to be having so much fun. Exercise and FUN? I could go with that.
What I didn’t take into account is that she had just finished an IRONMAN competition. Do you even know what that is? 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles on the bike, and 26.2 for the run totalling 140.6 miles. Talk about hardcore and dedication! I should have known taking a class with her would be a bit more than I had bargained for.
I never thought I would be going to a spin class.
So as they adjusted my bike and other gadgets around it to fit me, I might have gone into moments of panic.
Thankfully I was in the back row of this packed class so I could sort of blend. Actually hide because the person in front covered me pretty well or so I thought.
I was very appreciative of the person next to me. She was the equivalent of that friend in class that would let you cheat off your paper because you didn’t study. Following her cues and advice, I was able not to completely screw up or worse…fall off the bike. That was a real fear you know.
To say the least, I was not prepared for this class. You see I have a love/hate relationship with my exercise bike at home.
Turns out, I was doing it all wrong. You have to pedal. Haha, all the time for that matter PLUS increase the resistance (new vocabulary word right there!), and stand up to pedal. Oh and word of advice? The instructor can tell if you haven’t increased it enough. Also don’t be friends with the person in charge of the class on FB because she will know you ate a brownie the night before and remind you of it as you pedal for your life. ( No more telling the world I am sitting around eating brownies.)
We got started and in that moment, I knew I should have had more coffee, Redbull or dare I say a mimosa?? Was this class really going to be an hour of cycling??
The people there were IMPRESSIVE. They moved. This was amazing. If these bikes were not stationary, I am convinced the person in front of me would have been halfway around the world at that point.
Shannon called out directions and different things to make everyone want to give more to their workouts. At one point she said, “I am not yelling. I am motivating!” Remind me to use that one in real life.
I held my own and pedaled hard. I also prayed a lot. There were visions of me getting a chocolate milkshake if I made it out of there alive and also didn’t trip on my own sweat.
Then the song, Gangsters Paradise came on and this girl in her newly broken in workout gear got badass. C’mon. At least believe me a little because I really tried.
Here’s the thing. At some point, I stopped watching everyone and focused on myself and what I was doing. I felt motivated and strong (and this even happened before the cool down period.). There was energy coming from the leader and the class. It was inspiring in a crazy sort of way. I pedaled my heart out and just kept going. I got caught up and found myself actually enjoying the class.
After it was over, my knees felt like jelly and I could barely talk, but I left feeling proud of myself. I even skipped that milkshake and got a healthy smoothie instead.
Spin class and me? Could be the start of bigger things to come.
Never say never.
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