Okay, rain, you're cramping my training schedule. Sad to say, I did not go on a ride this weekend and I actually felt anxious about it. In the past I've thought, "Yeah, free day!" when I don't have to ride. But that's not the case anymore. These long rides have become a part of my week and I do look forward to them. Sigh...first-world problems.
I did do lots of spinning, yoga and 2 workouts this week, so all was not lost. My Saturday spinning class that replaced this week's outdoor training ride was taught by Jim, an older instructor who, because of his dated (and not in a cool way) music, I usually tried to avoid. He subbed for my favorite instructor and I actually found myself really liking him.
Jim's class is notoriously unpopular with "spinners" because, I'd imagine, he's older, could be mistaken for Willie Nelson's brother, his music selection isn't current, his mid-section looks like a sack of apples, he has trouble walking and is more strict than funny. In the middle of a sweaty class one day, he hopped off his bike, limped towards a woman tapping away on her iPhone, took her cell phone from her hands and said, "You can have this back at the end of the class, my dear. You're here to spin, not check Facebook!"
He started class this week saying, "Hello, I'm Jim. Jim from the Gym who sometimes likes to drink Jim Beam. Can you all remember that?" I was the only one to laugh. He flirted old-man-style with the girls for a bit and then as we were in the thick of warming up to his psychedelic rock he said, "I just want you all to remember, when you're thinking about not giving it your all, I'm 74 and I had my knees replaced last year. Health is very important and I'm trying to keep active. I was told to rest. Everyone thought I was crazy to try and become a cycling instructor, but you know what? When you're reaching the close of anything; a race, a test, life--don't slow down or slack off because you think you're near the end. That's when you need to try harder. Finish strong! And prove to everyone, and yourself, that you've got what it takes to keep fighting." Love that. I proceeded to have one of the most challenging spinning classes to date.
A little about my diet: I've always tried to be a mostly organic eater, no (or limited amounts of) processed foods. No caffeine and small amounts of alcohol. And I'm surprisingly more energetic without it. Also, I've kept away from protein shakes during this training, fearing I'm putting unwanted and unnecessary chemicals in my body that I just don't need. But, after much thought, I've realized I'm not getting enough protein in my diet, especially around training days and frankly, I just can't eat any more eggs than I already am. So, I bought a jug of Muscle Milk, a protein powder you mix up with milk giving you 12g of protein per serving. Because I will have to finish this huge vat of power myself, I selected my flavor carefully. Boring ol' chocolate. I love chocolate.
Most flavors are what you might expect; chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cake batter. Belch! Or, yum? I couldn't help but think about that story David Sedaris told about his father being strict about what his sister Amy could and couldn't wear but for him, David, and his other sister, they could walk around in garbage bags drinking cake batter and his father would say nothing. Or something like that...
Cake Batter flavor.