Oh FlyWheel, how I love you. But I think I need practice.

I went to a class this morning and the instructor, Stephanie, was unbelievable. SO MUCH ENERGY. But I always compare myself to other people in the class and I think I need to pick it up. I feel like I’m working hard, but maybe not hard enough. My “numbers” aren’t really where I want them to be. I’d like to think I have more potential. Potential to be better, stronger, tougher. Potential to push myself harder. Potential to improve. Everyone can improve, right?

It may not look like I have a lot of potential, but I assure you, I do!

As soon as I clipped my shoes to the pedals my legs felt tired; maybe today was just one of those days. Must be because of my whopping 3 mile easy run yesterday…which was fairly uneventful, minus the cold wind that was tossing me around. Not appreciated, Mother Nature!

By the way, apparently FlyWheel is opening a new studio in Stamford, CT this summer. I actually went to Stamford for the first time a couple weeks ago; I didn’t realize it’s as big a city as it is. They have tall(ish) buildings and everything! Who knew. So, for those of you in CT, be sure to check it out! I honestly think FlyWheel is the best cross training workout for me as a runner. I sweat my little heart out and feel a strong sense of accomplishment every time I unclip my cute little cycling shoes; definitely more so than most days at the gym.

Currently I’m replacing my electrolytes and making use of the gross coconut water I have stockpiled. (B’s Mom ordered a whole box of it from Amazon. Turns out they messed up her order, sent her two huge boxes as an apology, and once all was said and done, she didn’t even like it. I was excited to take it off her hands because I wanted to try it, but surprise! I think it’s disgusting. Not for me.) I tried a Nuun/Coconut water mixture (double hydration is better than single hydration, right?) and it definitely makes the drink more palatable for me. So here I am.

To recap: I’m two days into Brooklyn Half training and so far, so good. As for tomorrow, hills are on the schedule. I’m apprehensive. Thankfully it’s supposed to be warmer than today. Today’s weather is a harsh reminder that Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, despite all of my previous proclamations that, well, Spring had sprung.

How do you cross train? Do you like FlyWheel too? Have any mantras for me to repeat during my hill workout tomorrow? Please share! 


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  1. March 27, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    I haven’t really been cross training since I got my IT band injury because EVERYTHING irritated it, but I also really hate cross training haha. I realized I’m not an “exercise fanatic,” I’m a runner who has to exercise to run haha.

    I tried FlyWheel for the first time last week and I really felt awful. My showing was pathetic to say the least. I think I MAY try it once more just to give it a fair shot.

    • March 27, 2012 / 3:09 pm

      I used to HATE spinning but for some reason I’ve come to enjoy it now. I don’t love cross training either but after my injury I realized I need it!

      My first FlyWheel class wasn’t the best either, but each class got better once I knew what was going on. I think it also depends on the teacher!

  2. March 27, 2012 / 4:56 pm

    Why didn’t I think of Nuun and Coconut Water?!?! GENIUS.

    • March 27, 2012 / 6:45 pm

      I think I’d try a flavor other than grape next time, but regardless it was so refreshing!

    • March 27, 2012 / 6:47 pm

      Aww, thank you! That’s so nice! I think I look a little crazy but now I feel better about it, haha!

  3. Namos
    March 27, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    I Love Flywheel! Just keep working hard and push yourself during the class – Your numbers will go up!

    • March 27, 2012 / 10:35 pm

      Perhaps you will join me again soon? :)

  4. March 27, 2012 / 10:46 pm

    Good luck with your runs! It sounds like your flywheel/spin workout will really help you, though. Seems like great cross training. Hopefully you can hammer out those hills tomorrow and it won’t be too chilly. It was like perfect running weather here today so I got out there too!

    • March 28, 2012 / 9:45 am

      Thanks! I’m heading out soon…nervous!! ahh!! It’s a little warmer here today though thankfully.

  5. March 28, 2012 / 12:09 am

    Flywheel sounds so fun! My cross training is usually a little WOD/kettlebells. Or jumping rope. I row occasionally. Huh.. I always wondered how I’d like coconut water.

    • March 28, 2012 / 9:45 am

      I wish I could exercise with you. Your workouts always sound so hardcore and amazing!

      Some people love coconut water…but ugh, it’s just not for me. At least not by itself.

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