Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Mini milestone: Spin class

During week 4 of the 12wbt, we do a mini milestone - something that we've not done before, that might make us a bit nervous with anticipation, a small achievement....  It is intended as something of a celebration for coming this far. 

The sort of celebration that does not include cake.  Or alcohol.  Or chocolate.

Originally, I wanted to run 5km for my mini milestone - but my knee is not going to allow that, so I decided to do a Spin class to mark week 4. 

For some reason I have been a bit nervous of doing a Spin class (which is a class done entirely on a bike, involving hills, sprints, and a lot of lung and legwork).  I thought it might hurt too much, if I'm honest, and I don't just mean having to sit for an extended time on those ridiculously uncomfortable bike saddles. 

I lined up this morning and found that the lovely Andy was the instructor.  Andy is always helpful and interested in what people are doing.  He'll walk past as you're straining in the gym with those last two reps of a heavy* weight - when your face is screwed up in contorted pain - and say cheerfully, "That's the face!  That's the look we want!" 

*heavy is a relative term

During this morning's class, he also came up with this gem - and I quote..."Outside our comfort zone" - as we wound up the resistance on the bike -  "outside the comfort zone, " - as we pedalled faster and faster* -  "is where the fun begins.  And by fun, I mean.... not really fun.  I mean pain."

*faster and faster is also a relative term 

Andy with his game face on
I was also lucky to meet up with Kellie going into the class.  Kellie is a member of the Warrnambool and Surrounds 12wbt Crew and, having successfully lost weight and become extremely fit on a previous 12wbt round, she is something of a role model to me....  I haven't told her that yet!  She's back this 12wbt round training for the half marathon, keeping fit and maintaining her weight.  Awesome.

So I was so glad to find her there and get some tips about how to survive the class.

Kellie making it look easy

And here I am, feeling pretty pleased with myself after finishing my mini milestone.  I thought my built in padding would help with the discomfort of the seat, but alas, it did not.  But I think I'll be doing more Spin classes anyway.... perhaps.


  1. Inspired right here!
    Damn good job to tackle a spin class girlie - and survive it. Inspired & impressed!!!

    1. Thanks Raelene - I really felt a sense of achievement. What are you doing for your mini milestone?

    2. IF and that's a big IF, I get up the courage I'm planning to go to a 2 hour boot camp session in the morning. I can think of at least 40 reasons (excuses) why I shouldn't/ can't go. We'll see how the internal battle turns out tomorrow!

  2. Great work! I have not yet braved a spin class :)

    1. Thanks Yvette - what is your mini milestone? I would recommend doing it for that small sense of achievement you get.

  3. Great work Jane!! I was so scared of going to my first spin class too! But like kellie says, if you go a few times, consistently, your bum stops hurting so much!! And it actually becomes easier!! (well, less painful anyway!) I hope to see you at a spin class soon!!

    1. Thanks, Lisa. It really did give me a sense of achievement. I was surprised how pleased with myself I was :) I may just see you in another class soon!

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