Those who know me, know that I use the word “Awesome” a lot! I looked up the word “awesome”, just so I could really understand what I am always saying, and this is it:
Awesome: Adjective. Meaning inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
As part of my training for the El Camino De Santiago, my good friend Colin asked me if I wanted to join him at a spinning class. Spinning classes are exercising on specially designed stationary bikes with variable resistance. It really is an intense workout, and once the class starts the momentum never lets up. Depending on the whim of the instructor, you will find you are either sprinting on the flat or enduring the mountain leg of the Tour de France, but inevitably swept along by the beat of the music and the buzz in the room.
The instructor was my kind of person. Absolutely Mad as a Hatter! She was able to do the work out with us as well as play DJ and pass out instructions with a smile on her face. Just when you thought you could not possibly do anymore, she would edge you on and motivate you to push through the pain.
I learnt a technique from her that really works. She asked us to pretend we were being punched in the tummy, but instead of tensing our muscles and instinctively leaning forward, we were just to tense the muscles and keep perfectly upright. She applied this theory the tummy, side and back muscles. The facial expressions when we were doing this was hilarious and we all looked constipated.
While spinning, I applied this technique and oh my goodness, it really works. It took the edge off the pain in my legs and I felt more in control and confident. Anyone who is a cyclist, please try it!
By the end of the hour-long class, I was as red as a beetroot and I could have rung my clothes out. My legs were like jelly and I had a huge problem standing at first. The only word I can think of to possible describe the feeling is AWESOME!!!