I’ve been going through a rough patch with my health/fitness with a likely reaction to some prescribed medication taking me out for a week. I’ve taken charge of my own situation and I’m drug free for 30 days and then we’ll see about reintroducing some of the stuff my doctor thinks important.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing my yoga. (Got beat up doing a gentle yoga class earlier this week. That’s not like me! I’m usually Jack The Bear in yoga classes lead by healthy fit young women some 40 years younger than me.)
The good news is I feel great this morning after spinning.
Now Petrina’s spinning class is for serious cyclists (Many of our fellow cyclists have been with Petrina to Italy and France on cycling vacations.) and not for 25-year-olds who will put up with overly loud awful music which is punctuated by some 20-year-old group leader yelling “you can do it” in a hot sweaty room on a mass produced exercise machine as generally I can’t “do it” and won’t.
No the spinning class at Cycling Centre (which takes place several times a week. Marion and I signed up for two two-hour evening sessions weekly.) are all about cycling. We start off spinning and yes there’s music in the background and fans running to cool the place down but the spinning is on our own bikes.
As someone approaching their 68th birthday soon (too soon) it takes me 45 to 60 minutes just to warm up. Once I’m at speed I can go for hours and Petrina puts us through a variety of exercises on the bike to help us gain both speed and comfort followed by 25 minutes of yoga cool down on mats.
Speaking of comfort, I’ve been off the bike for a month as recommended by Petrina and my anatomically designed saddle (eliminated numbness in places you don’t want to be numb) is taking some getting used to riding again. LOL.
As I’ve said before there’s bike riding and there’s cycling and there’s a big difference evident to anyone who has ever worked with a coach to improve their cycling experience.
(That’s Petrina helping Marion loosen her tight shoulders at the half way point of our 85 K Adventure Ride last summer.)
For next summer I have three goals:
- Get faster, stronger and go harder (be less afraid);
- Ride for longevity not for glory (ride smarter);
- Complete a 100 km ride or two (as I did 85 km twice this year which was an unimaginable goal last spring).