Related: 40x40 List
Date completed: Sunday, December 13, 2015
Similar to the motivation behind the other bike-related 40x40, I included trying a spin class to push me out of my fitness comfort zone. My guide for this activity was my friend Anne Knauff whom I first met when I volunteered for Open Streets Mpls in 2011. Anne is extremely active both in terms of fitness (especially cycling) but also in her community both qualities I hope to foster in myself. She and I have been meeting monthly for walks and I'm glad we've found a way to switch things up by going to this class.
Anne and I chose the 10 AM Power Ride class taught by Joe Ede at the Midtown YWCA:
POWER RIDE Intensity level 2: The effort generated by a cyclist in a specific amount of time is known as “power” and tracking power measurements is a valuable training tool. Speed, intensity and resistance are the areas of focus in this class. All levels.
When I asked Anne what I needed for class she mentioned that I should bring a towel. I initially brushed it off because I don't typically sweat that much. Boy am I glad that I listed to her! I glowing sweet sweet sweat minutes after our warm-up. It felt great! Joe Ede is a fantastic instructor. He gives clear instructions and provides motivation throughout the class. His music is well chosen for the intervals and he uses parts of songs to trick you into working harder. Though I was motivated from start to finish to work hard, Joe also makes it comfortable to do what's best for you.
It turns out that I have been following Joe on Twitter and it took Anne telling me a bit about him before I realized it. I'm thankful for the connection and I've liked his Facebook group Cycling with Joe in hopes of joining one of his group rides in the future.
Though my bum was a bit sore after the class, I'm so glad I went. In fact, I plan on going back for more! Anne has graciously offered to let me join her for future YWCA Power Ride dates.
The Nivens Family