Remember when you were a kid and you use to bike ride everywhere? I had a girly little pink bike (with tinsel tassels of course!) and would ride it all over the neighborhood.
Then I outgrew my pink-tasseled bike, moved to a neighborhood with hills, and that was the end of that.
My parents are moving, so they’ve been slowly bringing me boxes of stuff that I have stored in their attic and the garage. One of those forever-collecting-dust items was my big grown up bike (no more pink – sad). It was seriously dirty, and both tires were flat. I locked it up outside my apartment and there it stayed… and stayed…
Then one fine summer day I went outside and said, “Hey. It’d be a great day to ride a bike.” Hoboken is a very bike-friendly town, so I decided to fill up those tires, dust off the handlebars, and give that good ol’ bike a whirl. Take a look at this gem.
Not gunna lie, I was a bit wobbly at first, but after a few pedals, it all came back to me. Just like riding a bike (ha- sorry).
I was surprised at what a workout it was! (Let’s not talk about how I just rode it to the grocery and back.) How did I do this for hours when I was a wee-one? My spinning experience should have helped prepare me.
Speaking of the stationary bike, I’ve been a fan of spinning ever since I took my first class back at Syracuse. Since taking that class I’ve been trying to find both a class and an instructor as good as my first. After years of various bikes, playlists, and trainers, I found one!
Launch, a company that my agency works with on a number of projects, started a program called Sweat Working. It puts a healthy spin on networking (usually done over big, calorie filled dinners or indulging in too many cocktails) by bringing people in the industry together to network while doing something good for themselves – sweating! It’s an incredibly smart concept. Check out the sweat-working website.
As part of their program, they offer a spinning class at Soul Cycle in Union Square every Wednesday, free of charge. Not only is the studio incredible, but the instructor, Charlee, is also awesome! She is filled with energy, puts together the most amazing, motivating playlists, and keeps you pumped up the entire ride. I’m motivated by the fact that I’ve reserved a bike (so if I don’t go, I’m keeping someone else from an incredible workout – which just isn’t fair), that I’ve promised others I’ll be there to sweat it out with them, and that Charlee’s class is just so awesome. I was going consistently as part of my half-marathon training, and finally got back to the Wednesday classes today. Oh, how I’ve missed it! If you live in the city and are looking for a good workout, I definitely recommend checking out Soul Cycle if you’re near one.
Now, I just need the Holland Tunnel to open up a bike lane so I can ride my real bike to my spin class!
Are you a fan of cycling? Are you a stationary biker or a real-live biker? Any tips for some one like me getting back into real-live biker land?