After a busy day in the office on Wednesday …trying to master PowerPoint… I found myself here:
Or should I say…here:
Wednesday night spin class has been a favorite of mine for
months years now.
Every week I look forward to the class & every week I feel great after class.
Lately though, I’ve been feeling frustrated after class.
It’s just not the same with these heart rate restrictions. I mean, prior to this, I’m sure my HR must have been well-above 175 throughout most of the class. No bueno.
And now that I’m limited to a maximum heart rate of around 150, I’ve been feeling afraid to push very hard at all…which leaves me with a bit of regret after every class. Like I haven’t really had a workout at all.
Although I should say, I’ve had a few “freak out” episodes too…you know, the kind where my heart rate is higher than I think it should be & then I get nervous and cause my HR to spike even more? Yeah, that’s not fun either.
Yesterday was a bit more successful though – I managed to keep my HR right around 135-140 for most of the effort periods of the class, and then recover 10-20 BPM during rest/recovery periods.
And I didn’t freak out when I saw 142 on the heart rate monitor. I relaxed, and recovered for a minute. And THAT, my friends, is a step in the right direction.
I’m going to try to repeat this during the next couple weeks & then slowly try to build a bit more intensity. After all, I’m leaving 10 beats per minute on the table as things are now.
The other thing I realized during class this week? My hands looked like this:
Apparently even a “regular” salon French manicure makes your hands glow. I seriously thought rave-worthy nails were reserved for acrylic and shellac! Lesson learned.
Hopefully no one else in class realized I had glow-sticks for fingernails…
WHAT ABOUT YOU: Have you ever realized you’re taking it a little too easy during workouts? How did you find a balance between “enough” and “too much”?