Monday, February 22, 2010


I've been feeling pretty low lately, not wanting to get out of bed or anything, so today I decided to do something about it. I generally work from home which usually means I don't leave the house for days at a time (sad, I know). The main reason for that is because I don't particularly like my office (it's kind of a concrete dungeon with a loud freight elevator next door), I don't see anyone when I'm there (I share said dungeon with a guy who has a 16-year-old daughter, so we don't really have anything in common), and the BIGGIE is that there's a brutal hill to bike up to get there with no good parking anywhere nearby. That last one is the most discouraging and since there is no real reason to go into work, besides being way more productive there, I just stay home. But I digress.

So being at home so much has really been getting to me lately and I needed to get out of the house. I was going to go for a run, but it's cold and snowy outside (I know, excuses excuses) so I decided to try out a spin class at the local rec center. My roommate Maggie didn't get back to me about coming with me, so I was going to pout and sit on the couch in front of the TV and brood, but instead, I decided that I can't keep giving myself a pity party about being fat and out of shape, so I finally got dressed and booked it over there to make it somewhat on time.

Boy, was it crazy hard. I got there 5-minutes late because of an accident on one of the roads (of all times, really?) so I didn't set up properly like I should've, especially since it was my first spin class and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. But I winged it and got going with the rest of the ladies and gents. I managed to fall off twice because my foot slipped out of my pedal, so people started staring, but other than that, it was amazing. I'm definitely going back!

I started a bit too fast and was dying. I looked at the clock a minute or so into our first hill of three for the day, and we were only 10 minutes into class! Wow, I was screwed. I toned it down a bit so I could make it through the next 50 minutes, and all was well. I think there was something wrong with my bike at the end of it, cuz adding resistance didn't make spinning any harder, so I'm going to come in early next time and ask the instructor how everything works. I may even bring my brand new tri shoes (once I buy clips for them) to see how that works. But that may be too advanced for me right now...

I was so tired at the end of the thing that I was wobbly on my knees and didn't really have control over my mind either. I was leaning down to get my stuff with my water bottle in my mouth and smashed my face into the mirror on the wall, giving myself a bloody lip and almost knocking out a tooth. Then on my way out of the rec center, I walked into the sliding glass doors and took them off their hinges. No joke! It was only my shoulder that hit, but apparently I was walking fast enough to do some damage to the doors. I also walked into the next set of doors four feet away, but apparently I'd lost some momentum with the first impact because those stayed put and I just bounced off. The little girl walking next to me gave me a very confused and scared look and ran away to her parents. Go me for scaring off children!

Moral of the story is that I got in a great workout, I want to do it again, and I feel so much better :) Yay for exercise!

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