17 October 2007

Originally posted at my old blog geekcyclist.blogspot.com

I love my spinning class. The depth of my love is largely a result of my spinning class being the only cycling I have been doing for weeks. The class is held three times a week, has a great instructor, and a group of 3-4 ‘regulars’ who make it to most of the classes. On days when it’s only me and the instructor she tends to customize the class to the things I am working on.

During yesterday’s class we had completed two of the three core sections and were finishing up with a seated sprinting section. It’s not so much that I like the sprinting drills, but just that I am pretty good at those drills. I can spin at a much higher cadence when seated than most of the other participants and usually have to turn the tension up a bit to keep from bouncing off the bike. After the first sprint Ali was complementing our effort and doing the typical motivational pep talk about working hard and sticking with it. I swear I heard her say, “Two more laps and then we cool it down.”

We did another sprint and after returning to pace Ali said, “One minute at this pace and then we cool down.” In the seconds after that comment I made the critical mistake of not staying quiet. Instead I said, “You mean we aren’t doing one more?” At that moment I was subjected to the glares of Ali and the other two participants. The glares continued through the ‘added’ sprint…

I am going to miss class tomorrow because of another commitment. I think they may let me back in the class on Saturday, but we’ll have to see.

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