The making of a kick-ass spin class (for me anyway):
1. Awesome music
2. A motivational instructor
3. A bike that works properly
Bonus: a cute instructor
What doesn't work for me when it comes to spinning:
1. Sometimes you get a bike whose gears are not 'right'
I can usually work through this by staying in a lower gear, however I was running late this morning and was told most of the leftover bikes were 'tricky' ones; meaning those that are hard going even at level 4/5. It sucks, but you have to just try and forget it and work through it.
2. An instructor without much 'drive': Like today. He was cute, but that doesn't cut it.
3. When the gym is being painted and you are allergic to paint. I knew the spin room had been painted on Thursday but had hopes it would have dried by today. It hadn't.
I could have stuck it out if my only issues were 1&2, but I was increasingly finding it hard to breath in that room and had to bail. I hate having to bail... it looks like I can't cut it. However I quickly told the instructor why I was cutting out and hightailed it out of there.
By the time I made it home my breathing was back to normal but my head was beginning to throb. I wasn't phoning it in today... I needed some healthy exercise; because it's a gorgeous fall day I grabbed Molly and we went for a jog. I didn't hold any major expectations for myself but in the end I kicked ass. For me anyway.
I jogged 2.77 miles nonstop. It took me 30 minutes but I don't care. I will work on my time and distance, slowly, just as I have been doing for a few weeks now.
I think what kept me motivated was a combination of the sunshine, cool fall air and jogging through the field and orchards surrounding the village; oh and I can't forget the app on my iPhone, Runkeeper. I think that really assisted in my quest to keep moving. It's funny how a little animated voice coming from your pocket can keep you going!
I'm a hot, sweaty mess, but I'm proud of myself (and Molly) just the same. Note: I didn't say Hot Mess:
Now I just need to go take my inhaler again.