Have you ever done a spinning class? Intense!
I have been to 4 classes so far. Unfortunately I have not been able to string all 4 together. The first one I went to was just before I left town for a week. Same thing with the next class. Then the next two classes were on a Tuesday with the corresponding class for the week on Thursday: Christmas and New Year. I think these classes will be tougher if I actually do 2 in a week.
I have really enjoyed being pushed by someone else. I am working harder than I would if I were to just do it on my own. I know that spinning is great cross training for running, but is not a substitute for actually putting in the miles on the road. However, I am learning more about what my body is capable of handling by pushing my lungs and muscles past my perceived limits.
I am running a 5K this weekend and expect that I will do well because of these classes. Though I have not been able to run, my fitness has not suffered any because of the spinning and other exercises I have been doing. I think a PR may be in the cards this weekend.
Last week I was able to take my little brother to class with me. He struggled. It was very hard for him. I don’t say this to make fun of him, but I was pleased to see how hard it was for him to even try to keep up. It encouraged me to know that 4 years ago I was in the same place. When I started seriously exercising I was going to a class and dying in the back row wondering who sucked the oxygen out of the room. I could not believe how hard it was. I have come a long way since then. Seeing my brother struggle helped me see just how far I have come. It makes me thankful that I stuck it out and am much healthier today because of it.