My first indoor ride was at a class at the YMCA with instructor, Jeff. It was surprisingly fun! Jeff kept the energy up with a variety of music and intervals that are suitable for anyone at any level. I began attending his class every week. This week, perhaps because of the weather, class did not take place and I was left to my own devices.
So I pedaled away. I've done stationary miles on my own several time now, but there was something particularly motivating about today. Perhaps it was sound-tracking my ride with Zed's Dead - Snowstorm Mix (seemed fitting, right?) or maybe it was the caffeine from a mate latte this afternoon. Regardless, I've gotten my watts up by 20 since my first stationary ride. That sure is something to be proud of!
I can feel myself getting stronger. I know this is not due simply to hours and hours spent at the gym. It because my heart is full with the overwhelming positive energy I have received from my family and friends. Who knew 75 likes on Facebook can motivate a 67 minute ride on a stationary bike? I am also encouraged by the strangers I have met who are excited to hear about my ride. Joe from Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, Tim from Old Town Bike Shop, Rick from Ted's Bicycles, and the friendly guys at Gearonimo Sports. I am especially grateful for my fellow rider, Mary Reames! She is an adventurous crossfit barista and also a rider on the North Carolina to San Diego trip. Mary reached out to me personally to offer her support! Please take a moment to check out her blog and follow her journey as well. I am so grateful for all of the people I have in my life and I am excited to meet so many more!
Stationary bikes can be lame, but with the support of great people and a good playlist, I can put in a few miles on these snowy days.
To help with my fundraising, I will ride 1 stationary mile for $1. Even if you can't afford to donate, I'm always in need of good music. Send me your favorite playlist!