Spinning and The Curve

Despite staying up until 11:00 last night I was able to get up at 4:15 this morning. Today is my first day trying out spin class – again. In the spring I gave spin class … a spin. That class did not go so well but today was much better. The instructor is a competitive cyclist (and friend) so I knew the class would be more like road riding and not an aerobic dance class on a bike. With the class beginning at 6:00, I have to wake up earlier than I usually do so that I can take care of things at home and make it to the gym in time to get a bike. The Monday and Friday spin classes tend to get crowded. After a month out of the saddle, it sure felt good to get my legs peddling again.

One thing I didn’t plan on but will consider in the future is getting my run in right after spin class. I had a 60 minute easy run scheduled today and it would have been nice to get on a treadmill at the gym after class. With my running shoes and non-cycle shorts at home,  I was not able to run. Getting in a brick (bike-run combo) a couple of times a month will be good training over the winter for keeping my body accustomed to triathlon.

I also did not get my run in after work. Time ran out and I met a friend to see a movie – Trouble With the Curve. Even in his 80’s, Clint Eastwood still has it in him on the silver screen. An underlying theme is that while the man Eastwood plays is getting older, he is not obsolete. A good parallel can be drawn here with fitness. Thirteen years after I started running and endurance sports, I am faster today than when  I started. One day I will slow down, gravity is not consider a law for nothing. But that does not mean I will be obsolete. When I show up at races and see people in their 70’s and 80’s competing, I can only hope I will do the same when I reach their age. They may be doing it for the love of the sport or to take care of themselves, but they are also motivating me – and many others – to keep at it. Any age, any ability level, any body type. Unlike technology, people do not become obsolete as they age. I prefer to view it like fine wine or gourmet cheese – people have the ability to improve with age. If anything, just to share their life experiences and encourage younger generations. With age comes wisdom – so there is much to learn and much to teach. And on that note – the wisdom I am gaining is telling me to get adequate sleep, so now off to bed.

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