Monday, September 17, 2012
...and that is my best assessment of my first spin class. At the urging of a friend and the offer of a free trial spinning class, I blissfully took on the challenge. Oh the naiveness. It started out well -- the instructor adjusted my bike and seat, added a padded seat cover and told me how to work the controls. So far so good. We had a few moments to warm up and that went okay as well. So about 8 minutes into the class, the instructor said stand up and peddle. Could not do it. Could absolutely not do it. Big Fail 8 minutes into a 50 minute spin class. So as I sat there still pedalling, but not doing what about 30 others were doing, I thought 'how can I get out of here the most gracefully.' Then I caught the instuctor's eyes, and he gestured with his hand for me to just keep pedalling. So I did. And through all his instructions of standing and increasing the tension and encouraging commands, I just kept pedalling. And though I felt somewhat like an idiot, I didn't stop. After 30 minutes, I really did want to leave because -- well, just because. But again the instructor gave me that wave of the hand that says keep on going. So I did and after 50 minutes we went through 5 minutes or so of stretching and cooling down. I left with a good feeling that I didn't give up when I wanted to (best of times), but also with the feeling that spinning is just not the exercise for me (worst of times). And that's okay. There are plenty of other types of exercises I can enjoy and at least I got a good sense of accomplishment and a desire to pursue other exercise options.