Entering the time to kick our bootays back into shape!
I wonder how many athletes have ever actually taken a cycling class at 24 hour fitness. Most athletes prefer I think to play actual sports, but is there a benefit to cross-training? I think the answer is YES. I have a million excuses for not sitting on a bike this past year, but this morning was my first ride and nothing like starting out your week right.
A few words come to mind: early, exhausted, leg pain, dehydrated, sweat, motivation, empowered, and bootilicious.
Getting to the gym in the a.m. is a daunting task in itself, especially when your partner does not show up. All I know is I was motivated to last that 45 minutes (thats how long the website said it would be) and I am pretty sure I stared at the clock about 65% of the time. The other percent of the time I was dripping sweat.
If you have or have not ever been, well let me tell you it is awesome and I insist that you try it. The instructor tells you when to speed up and how to adjust the intensity on the bike in which you turn a nob. I can guarantee you that I left the nob all the way to the left (the least intense) and my legs were burning in amazing pain.
FYI: As an athlete you know amazing pain is GOOD pain.
I felt amazing, my body looked great, and I was so proud of myself that I actually completed the class which I comptemplated a few times. I survived the class, my first ride in over a year. I lived to write about it, and I hope you do to.
You have to push your body to new extremes, and trust me, when you complete your goal (finishing the class), you will light up with excitment and leave feeling accomplished!