First Time Spinner

My first experience at Cadence Vancouver wasn’t a good one.

It started out well enough. A couple of good friends, Donnie and Katie, had convinced my girlfriend, Cora, and I to try out spin in late October. I got on the bike, took about 5 minutes to figure out how to clip myself in, and got into the class, lost in the music. The people around me looked like they were in great shape, and were really enjoying the class. I thought, “I could get used to this”.

About 15 minutes in, I felt my left calf start to seize up, followed by my right calf about 5 minutes later. I tried to stretch them out on the bike, slowing down to a near stop. At this point, I figured that even if I looked like a wuss next to my girlfriend (who was going strong) I needed to get off the bike. Of course, I had managed to pick a bike right in the middle of the studio, so I had to walk by more than half the people in class with my head down.

Mike was great – he told me not to worry about it, that I probably just didn’t have enough water and that I probably pushed myself too hard for the first time. He didn’t need to make excuses for me; I had plenty of my own, since I had decided to start spin without having done any regular exercise in several months. He followed up with me after the class via email with information about what could cause cramping, and things I could do to prevent it. I soon figured out (after talking to Cora, Donnie and Katie) that I also didn’t have the technique quite right. I wasn’t driving down with my heels, which would have been a lot easier on my calves.

Given Mike’s enthusiasm and follow up, I decided that I needed to give spin another shot. So, a week later, I showed up for a 6:15am class with Becky, made sure that I was driving down with my heels, and got through it!

Cora and I are now coming to four classes a week at Cadence. Other than the great workouts, it’s the sense of community that has us coming back. It’s the fact that whoever greets you at the door – whether it’s Mike, Tracy or Natasha – knows your name; they can almost grab your shoes off the rack before you’ve scanned in. It’s the follow up that they do between classes to make sure that you’re recovering from an injury. It’s the way the instructors remember what it is you are trying to get out of each class, and ask you about it at the end.

I’m probably preaching to the converted, but I’m so grateful that I was introduced to Cadence a month ago. Over the past month, I’ve noticed a huge change in my energy level during the work day (especially after one of Becky’s or Jaci’s 6:15am classes), and I find that I’ve been sleeping much better as well.

I’m looking forward to seeing what positive changes the coming months will bring.