Non-running post alert!!
Since I've been able to leave the safety of the gym treadmill, and venture into the great outdoors....I've not stepped foot in my gym once.
No lifting weights, no cross training.
Yesterday was the beginning of my "getting healthy does NOT mean running 100% of the time" plan.
11/02/2010 shall be decreed as "there are other things besides running" day.
So....what did I do, you ask?
No really, you asked...I heard it!
I went to a spin class.
Yep....with clip on shoes, stationary bikes, loud music, and leg muscles that (I will report) ARE NOT used when running.
I walked into the gym with butterflies.
The last time I did a class was at least a year ago. I spent the last half just keeping my legs moving....the smallest of tension settings on the bike.....not paying attention to anything in the room except keeping myself alive.
I was in serious pain, both in my muscles and my cardiovascular system. I couldn't walk for days after the class.
Wow, was this class completely different!!!!
I peddled the whole time.....I did all the intervals....all the hills....I actually increased the tension each time she told us to (and sometimes when she didn't)......I rode off of the saddle when she told us to......happily actually.
I need to continue going....on a regular basis. I need to wear my heart monitor. I need to figure out what my zones 1-5 are...so I know the target heart rate I'm aiming for...instead of listening to her tell me, and having no clue where I am.
Maybe I'm not peddling hard enough, too hard, not enough tension, too much tension?? Biking for speed and biking for fat loss....they are two completely different beasts. I need to forget about peddling faster, and work on peddling for a purpose.
As was with my running, I want to take this show on the road. I want to leave the safety of a bike in the gym, and venture outside. I want to see a hill on my route, and not find an alternate way.
I also want to 1) not be TERRIFIED of riding my bike outside with my clip shoes and 2) get over my fear of biking outside while standing, off the saddle.
Those two things seem like important things to get past....don't you think???
I'd also like a lesson on changing my own flat. I think that's reasonable. :-)