I admit it, when I am out running (boo hoo, it feels like it has been forever since my last run!) and see groups of cyclists, I do think they have it easy. After all – they are sitting on their butts whilst I am having to haul my whole body weight.
Or, I did think this, until I did my first spinning class this weekend. I got to the gym early so ended up doing 30 mins on the elliptical and 30 mins on a recumbent bike (had to google the name of that thing, I just called it the “sitting down, cycling machine” before). So basically I had done an hour of cardio before I even showed up for the class… It was an RPM class, which is a varied workout of “hills”, intervals, time trials and trying not to throw up.
I know I have had to take a few weeks off running but I still thought I was pretty fit.. If I had been able to spare the energy, I would have laughed at myself after 10 minutes for having been so arrogant. This class kicked my (afterwards a very sore) butt! I swear, it was the longest 45 minutes and I did my best to try and keep the resistance high when asked to do so but I did have to cut a few corners. A friend said that maybe because I am so fit I was over-challenging myself but I think he just felt very sorry for me.
However, I do feel great for having been able to do some sort of cardio workout and was back to the gym on Sunday for an hour on the elliptical and the thingybob again. Just trying to get back to where I left off so that when I can run again I won’t hopefully struggle too badly.
And because I am a glutton for punishment, I will be back on Tuesday for part 2 of “humbling the Hysterical Runner”…