Today I took my first work out class of 2016. I decided to not meander with baby steps but to go full throttle and take an indoor cycling class. This by far has been the most challenging work out class that I have ever done. Mind you, I do not like cardio. I hate to run. I hate to run outside or run on a treadmill, it is my death star. It looms over me, taunting me, go ahead try to run…watch me fill your lungs with fire and when you think “hey I can do this”, I will shoot you with my super laser and watch you return to atoms.
I know, dramatic right? Well cycling is more strenuous to me than running, but you know what? I actually like it, I mean really like it. Maybe it is because I have the safety net of the seat, so when it gets too tough, I can back down and be in the saddle and recuperate. I have the comfort of having the lights out except a low beam on the instructor. Also, I like being in the back third row, no one can see me except my neighbors on each side. The lights go out, the music begins to pump, and if it is an instructor who I like than I get in the zone. I have only taken a cycling class at Flywheel in Seattle. I usually like taking a class taught by Aina who is an elite alpha instructor there, but I tried out a new instructor today after reading her bio. Asher used to be on a nationally ranked competitive hip-hop dance team. I mean…yasss…that’s my girl. She did not disappoint.
We started with two even tempo songs to warm up, then turned our torque up, and began to take on the hills. There is a knob on each bike that controls the torque. The torque builds more resistance to work against as if you are riding up a hill, the instructors yell out different torque ranges throughout the work out. Then they give you RPM (rate per minute) to pedal at. There are also three bike positions, saddle, 2nd – straight up out of the seat into a jog position, and 3rd – out of saddle leaning forward stretching your arms out and grabbing the ends of the handlebars. Asher had us start the torque anywhere from 15-20 and RPM 70, then we slowly pedaled up into 80’s RPM, and then high 90’s. It got our muscles fired up and the whole class was ready. Ready to take on the 45 minute high energy, lactic acid building, butt kicking class.
Whoosh, she played a mix of newer hip-hop mashed up with EDM. When she played that 2 On by Tinashe featuring Schoolboy Q I was like okay girl, you are playing on my level.
Then she went into Say My Name by Odesza featuring Zyra and I really lost it.
I pedaled my heart out, sang to myself, and really followed Asher’s instructions. Big mistake! I began to get light-headed and nauseous, I knew I had to lower my heart rate and regain composure or I was out. I was thinking to myself “what is the most discreet way to get out of the room”, if I needed an exit strategy. But no, I was not going to quit. I slowed myself down and did not participate in the next song. I took lots of water breaks and wiped the sweat off with the towels they provided in the beginning of the class. I started to feel better so I knew that I could stay in the game. I have really good mind-body connection so I knew the signs to get myself off the bike or the signs that I can forge ahead. I got myself back to participate in the ride again.
I am glad I completed the class. It was a small victory but I conquered that little voice in my head that was telling me to quit. She can be quite persistent but I know I am stronger than her. I am all tingly with the surge of endorphins and am smelling quite ripe. Job well done I say.