On Sunday night I was craving a work out on the spin bike. I NEEDED it. I hadn't gone to a spinning class since early November. I really NEEDED it! I needed it because we haven't gotten my bike up on the trainer yet this year. (Yes, I do know that it is already January and the bike should have been put on the trainer in early November when the first snow flew.) Thank goodness there was a spinning class at 5:30 on Monday morning because I had to be at work by 7:15. I yanked my body from the bed at 4:30 to make sure I had ample time to get some food in me and get to the gym early enough to secure a bike under a fan. I was thinking class would be full but it was only about half full so I was able to get the bike I wanted. I was nervous about this class for two reasons. One was that I had never taken a class with any other instructor except Erin. I was used to her. This was led by someone new to me. I had no idea how she structured her class. The second reason for my nervousness was because I had always skipped the gym on the mornings I have to open at work so I wasn't exactly sure if I would be able to make it to the gym and make it to work on time. Showering at the gym alleviated that problem.
The first worry did creep up on me in class. I wasn't sure how this instructor was going to do things but when she said we were going to do adjusted Tabata Intervals, I was lost. She explained what the intervals were. She adjusted the intervals from 20secs/10secs to 1min/30 secs. She also switched up the type of hard riding we were doing during that 1 minute on. We did a warm up, did intervals for most of the hour and did a 8 minute cool down. She said we should be close to "Mr. Pukey" when we were pushing ourselves hard. Oh boy! What did I get myself into that morning? I pushed myself on the work intervals. I pushed myself harder than I had ever imagined I would push myself at 5:30 am on a Monday morning before work. I did NOT throw up! Maybe I should have pushed myself a little harder?
I felt amazing after that class. I barely made it to midnight on New Years Eve. I was exhausted that night. I was happy to have New Years Day off from work so I could watch the Badgers play in the Rose Bowl, even though they did not win.
The "Mr. Pukey" phrase has come back in my thoughts during my other workouts this week. I did get to the gym last night for an interval work out on the treadmill. I ran 1 minute at a sprint and then slowed it to a jog for another minute and then a two minute walk. Rinse, and repeat. The gym was packed with the "resolutioners". NPR was saying yesterday morning that most people stop going to their gym by the end of March. This is why I go in the morning when I can, it's quieter. If I go at night, I want to be there before 4:30.
Tonight, I got out of work late and couldn't make my 4:30 cut off time. I opted to go home. I was going to do the Biggest Loser on our Wii but that wasn't sounding all too interesting. So I found some interval training via a friend's Facebook page. Another person that lives in MN to follow. Here is her Facebook page. She posts most of her workouts on YouTube. I opted for the "24 Minute Tabata". There is that weird word again! It keeps creeping into my life.
I set up my living room, moved the tables, shut the blinds. I wouldn't want any one to see my haphazard moving around in my house trying these moves. And thank God my husband wasn't home to see the spectacle that was about to happen. I watched the whole video first, downloaded an app to my phone for interval timing. I got that app set up for 20/10. I watched the first set again, started my timer and started going. Eh, this wasn't horrible. I was able to do the first couple of rounds. Then it got hard! I mean really hard. I couldn't finish the rounds. How come she can make them look so damn easy?! How come my belly is too large for me to get my knees up to my elbows like she can? How come I can't drop my legs far enough down for a jack knife? I hate feeling like this. No wonder people quit when they can't do it. I worked as hard as I could. I worked until Mr. Pukey was trying to get my attention. I stopped. I felt my heart pounding. I stopped. I drank some water. And I just stopped, sat, and listening to my phone beep through the intervals....I failed to complete. Ugh!
But...I'm not feeling defeated. It should only get easier at some point. Or at least that's what I hear. There will be a work out at the gym tomorrow and another one some time this weekend. And then next week, maybe a week from today, I will try this again, without Mr. Pukey.