I posted my story in another thread. This is sort of a continuation of that.
It was time to attempt the next step in my rehab. That meant returning to spin class. This class is taught by a gal who is educated to the Masters level, is a real size person and, if in the movie industry, would qualify to be the Warrior Queen. Plus, she is a real friend. So, I knew I would be met with understanding, encouragement and if I made it to the goal of 15 minutes even some praise.
First person I met was a young woman who I did not recognize, although she plainly recognized me. Turns out early in her spin life she was going to quit but accepted my encouragement and now is 25 pounds lighter and much, much more fit. Next, was anotherr woman who is an armed military security guard and a cancer survivor. We rode next to each other and had a good time.
Class started and we were off to the races. The key in this class is to maintain the designated rpm while adjusting the bike to simulate the resistance that comes along with a variety of terrain. This is NOT a suffer fest. Each rider is encouraged to ride their own ride.
Amazingly, absolutely amazingly, although I could not do jumps I was able to do some standing riding and was able to keep up the pace for most of the class. At the end of the 50 minutes I was still there and still pedaling! Surprised myself!
When we went to get the athletic wipes to clean our bikes I had another rider come over, welcomed me back and gave me a high five. She and others made me promise to come back next Saturday. (Note that most of the people are female. Around here at least, not many guys do spin. I think their egos can't stand being trounced by a girl, no matter how much in fun it is done.)
In short, the day went way better than I expected. Plus, these are my kind of people. They are positive, encouraging, competitive in a very friendly way and do thieir best to understand and support each other.
Wonder if I'll be able to walk tomorrow?