I created a name for people who crowd the gym in January to “get in shape” – New Year’s Resolutioners. These are the people filled with gusto in January proclaiming their commitment to lose weight, exercise, and get it shape – for real this time. And it lasts three to four weeks before the snooze button wins over and the crowds thin out. Each year there are also several who win the battle and become regulars. Unfortunately there are not many, although it does reduce the traffic and crowds at the gym… This morning they were out in force when I arrived at the pool at 6:15 AM. Every lane in the 5 lane lap pool had at least one swimmer. By the time I changed and made it out to the pool some where leaving as we arrived. I swam with up to five friends this morning and we all had to share lanes at some point. Three to four of us followed the same workout and we were very close in pace. It was fun and challenging to push to keep up. My fatigue from not resting is showing and I was just a few feet back in most of the sets. I still swam a strong workout of 2,800 meters.
This evening I road a spin bike for a 50 minute workout my coach gave me. A continuation from this morning with the crowd, all but two bikes were filled. Fortunately the one I got on had a working computer. Many of the cycle workouts I have been given are focused on getting me used to riding at 90 rotations per minute (RPM) along with different intensities. This is beneficial in both training my legs how quickly to turn over and developing strength to push faster. As I ride more, I want to monitor my progress not just in speed by strength. This is accomplished from a power meter. The spin bikes have them, how accurate they are remains a question. I also have been researching a power meter for my bike. Finding the right one is tough – first they are expensive and second which type. I tried the heart rate strap method and it did not work well. So I am in research mode and will report my findings when I find them.
Yesterday I mentioned I drive to and from the gym in the dark. Today was a bit stressful and I was looking forward to cycling to reduce some stress. What I did not expect was to see the most beautiful sunset as I got on the bike – inside the gym. I adjusted the settings on the bike to my height and began to pedal. I looked up and through the large window this is what I saw:
It was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen. A quick Google search taught me that the midwest winters tend to have the most colorful sunsets. It also said that most likely the same time I saw this sky, the Rockies probably had a beautiful deep blue late afternoon sky. Regardless of how it came to be, it was a lovely reminder to look up. Even something little like a breathtaking sunset offers a ray of joy in the day. It was the perfect ending to behold on a not so perfect day.