This morning I survived (and enjoyed!) the official 90-minute "Stress-buster" Christmas Eve Spin class at my gym.
For you Spin virgins out there - the class is intended to mimic mountain biking. You are able to add and remove resistance to the wheel as a means to recreate the effect of riding flat road vs uphill climbs. You sit at times, you stand at times. You even get to "jump" at times (a sensation created by sitting for a few counts and then standing, sitting then standing, etc. It gets your heart rate up fast!)
Our normal classes are 40 minutes long.
I've done an hour once before. This was my first long ride. I loved it. Sure, my upper legs are a little weary at the moment, but my body feels good and I feel accomplished.
Every so often the gym trains for a big mountain ride - last time it was climbing Everest. No, we don't actually climb the real mountain, we mimic it in a 2-hour special class. In the past it's been a concept that intimidates me. Not today. If I can get Meg to stay in child care, I'm taking more classes during the week and when they offer the next big cilmb, I'm so there!
Merry Christmas to those celebrating it!