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30 September 2003 @ 09:13 am
It's all in how you spin it.  
I took my first spinning class at the gym this morning.

The class, which runs from 0700 to 0800, features "sprints, climbs, and races." There is 80's music, including Lita Ford's Kiss Me Deadly. The instructor, who is a well muscled woman, pedals on the bike at the front of class and calls out the changes in second intervals (15, 30, a minute). She is like a drill sergeant, calling out commands.

The resistance starts off low, and eventually people, other people that is, work their way up to 8 full turns. I usually work my way up to 4 or 5 turns. She shouts at the class, "Go faster. Feel the burn." And other not so pithy sayings. She encourages people to work hard, as hard as they can. We alternate between standing sprints and sitting sprints. Most of the people there are seasoned pros, and while the pace is hard, they are not dying out.

The instructor notices the new people. There are two of us. I am going much slower than the rest of the people in the class, and that is OK. She recommends that I do most of the sprints sitting to put less pressure on my knee, and I only ocassionally try to stand.

I get off my bike about 20 minutes before the class ends, a little more tired than I was expecting, but ready to try again next week at the same bat time, same bat channel. My legs are not exactly like overcooked noodles, but close, and my butt feels like small rocks are there instead of muscles. But they are good rocks, and I go off to shower and get ready for work.
 
 
Feeling like: optimisticoptimistic
Listening to: darn it. I have Lita Ford stuck in my head.
 
 
 
the name of dog: mousieenochs_fable on September 30th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC)
hot rocks!
go speed racer go!