Now for something totally different!
I have to confess - I sort of hate exercise. One of my best friends and I have been trying to be more active lately. We decided to try a spin class about three weeks ago.
And I freaking loved it.
It's incredibly hard and I sweat a lot (and I actually hate sweating). But with the amazing beats and fun lighting/disco balls I actually found myself enjoying exercise. Since that first class I've been hooked!
My spin studio <3
I've noticed a few fringe benefits in my riding too! My legs are feeling a lot stronger in the saddle. And my cardiovascular health has improved too (I'm less out of breath riding Henry). I also ran a 5k last weekend, even with my incredibly sporadic running training, felt easier than it ever had.
Random pinterest horse bike #1
I also have learned how to push myself when things start to get uncomfortable (which is always the moment I quit - in exercise/riding/life). This sounds crazy but something about spin class has made me feel stronger and braver in other areas of my life.
I actually asked Coach D if we could jump last week during my lesson on Mighty Mare. Usually she coerces me into doing a few small fences, but I never request jumping. MM has a gigantic jump, even over tiny jumps and it scares the crap out of me. I usually do dressage stuff when I ride her. But I decided that even though I was nervous - I would be fine. And it was probably my best lesson ever. Coach D said she had never seen me ride better.
Random pinterest horse bike #2
Has anyone else tried spinning? Did you love it as much as I do?
Also... reminder! My BTE contest closes Friday at midnight - get your guesses in here!