Friday, March 13, 2015

The new kid

A few weeks ago, a friend from work succeeded in convincing me to go with her to Zengo Cycle - my first ever spin class.  I won't go through a play-by-play of how much I was suffering in every different part of the class, and I have no tips to share for newbies. (There are some great ones here.)

I'm just here to say that it was SERIOUSLY SO HARD. I went in thinking I was in pretty good shape and basically up for anything physically. I go to Bar Method 4-6 times a week, and I go running fairly consistently. (Except it's more like jogging, and it had better get more consistent because I'm signed up for a 10k in May.) But I was so unprepared for this. It was hard enough when we got started and then there the horrifying moment when I realized we were expected to STAND UP and KEEP CYCLING. Weeks later I still occasionally say a silent prayer that I am no longer on that bike.

But I did feel fantastic afterwards. I don't think my non-profit salary can support both a Bar Method membership and regular spin class, but it made me realize that I need to work more of that heart-pumping, lung-searing, not-sure-whether-I'll-faint-or-throw-up-first kind of cardio into my routine.

And even more than that, it reminded me how important it is to try new things, to challenge yourself in new ways, and to be a beginner - with all the awkwardness and discomfort that goes along with it. While Bar Method is still physically challenging, I'm familiar with the rhythm of the classes so it's no longer as mentally tough. Zengo Cycle shook me out of my complacency a bit. It's easy to get into a rut where you think you're the best at everything - because you're doing the stuff you're good at and comfortable with. I needed that reality check and the reminder that I need to keep growing and challenging myself - not just in my exercise routine but in all areas of my life.


  1. Trying new things can be invigorating and liberating in many ways. Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone!!

    1. Thanks! Now I just have to work up the courage to go back... :)