Okay, if you’ve read any of my recent posts, you’ll know that I’m back on the bike. It’s been about 2 weeks and my rear end is no longer sore. I can sit through the 45 minute class with no problem.
Kicking it Up a Notch
Now that I can sit through 45 minutes, I’ve decided to take the 60 minute class. After all, it’s only an additional 15 minutes. Actually, the 60 minute class wasn’t so bad. I thought I’d be exhausted so the first time around I tried to take it easy during the first 15 minutes or so to save my energy in order to make it to the end of the class.
What I’ve learned about taking the 60 minute spinning class is that fear of the hour is all in the mind. As a matter of fact, after taking the 60 minute class I was wondering why they don’t have 90 minute classes. When the music is right and the air conditioner is working properly, 90 minutes shouldn’t be too bad (er, I think).
I’ve found that in the short time since I started taking spinning classes I’ve developed a ritual (I don’t like rituals, but this one works for me). I normally take spinning classes in the morning so I usually have a cup of coffee before I go (that’s a daily ritual, not a spinning ritual). My spinning ritual is as follows:
- Eat a handful of peanuts: I eat peanuts for the protein. Protein helps to provide a sustained energy source. Additionally, I was told by a trainer one time that my after exercise headaches were caused because of low energy level (or blood sugar). So, I figured a hand full of peanuts is just enough to get me through the spinning class and back home headache free (and it works).
- Drink a glass of Green Vibrance. I usually drink Green Vibrance every day so this is not a spinning ritual. I decided to drink it before the class just to wash down the peanuts, gain the green benefits and hydrate my body.
- Grab my water bottle, gel seat, towel and off to class I go.