Mr WLB sends his profuse apologies for the lack of a blog post last night…his love of cycling got in the way! 😉
He had signed me up for something called a Wattbike class that he wanted to try and we didn’t get back home until 10.45pm.
My interpretation of Wattbikes is that they are like technical spin bikes…they give readings about cadence and power ratios and stuff that really doesn’t bother me but that greatly seems to bother the lycra-clad cyclists out there – in fact I think the official line is that, ‘The Wattbike is like no other indoor bike. It collects real-time data with scientific accuracy so that the rider can improve both fitness and cycling technique.’
It was an interesting evening.
First up was the fact that Mr WLB cycles with a lovely crew – a really nice bunch. They were trying to look after me and ensured that I used a ‘trainer’ bike rather than a ‘pro’ bike. The differences between the two, according to the studio website, is that the gearing on the trainer is less than that on the pro bike.
Someone had put a towel on the trainer bike that I had been advised to use. I felt like I was on a European beach break!
I explained to the chap that I was new to all of this and that I had been told to use this bike. He tried to steer me to a bike at the front of the group…my arse, front row…I don’t think so.
I explained that I was happy to leave it. And I was. I was only there as Mr WLB needed a driver and people keep trying to get me on a fecking bike in preparation for my charity ride! 😉
I got the bike. I will leave you to read into that what you will.
So I lowered the saddle and got on – I needed help getting my feet sorted in the clips as they are fiddly fecking things. I then started pedalling.
I was advised to use the lowest resistance.
I was advised not to go as fast as the rest of the group.
I was advised to take it easy.
I got a bit pissed off.
Now I have no idea whether or not the instructor was prepped for a not-really-all-that-good-cyclist joining her session. I absolutely know that all of the advice was given with the best possible intention. It was obvious that I was being made welcome, made comfortable, and not put under any pressure to compete.
The thing is, I am actually quite fit.
I can row for an hour on the highest resistance level and can cover 11km in that space of time…which is pretty good going I am led to believe. I rowed a sub two-minute 500m the other day…which is pretty good going I am led to believe. I workout at least five times a week…which is pretty good going I am led to believe! 😉
Also, don’t forget that my legs are quite strong – they were used to carrying around an extra 20st! 🙂
I think I got pissed off because I felt that there was an assumption that someone like me was not able to keep up with everyone else. Yet I remember being so happy when I completed a hill walk on holiday in the time that the signs suggested it would take…which meant that I was ‘average’ and able to compete with everyone else.
It made me wonder why Mr WLB was not advised to take it easy. He’d never been to that Wattbike class either. Maybe they knew he was a cyclist…but he’s only been riding for four months. I have been going to gym and working hard for over twelve months now.
Also, being on a static bike is very different for me. On a normal bike I am having to pedal hard enough to push my bodyweight along. Being on a static bike for me is a breeze. Well, maybe not a breeze…I did work up a bit of a sweat. I had my heartrate monitor on and it reached 138 at one point…when I train with my trainer it often reaches 158…so last nights session was nothing compared to how I normally push myself. My bike issues relate to a sore hoohaa rather than sore legs.
I didn’t want to be a dick though. I tried to follow the advice. But my legs weren’t working hard enough so I pushed to resistance level 7. I quite often stayed at the highest end of the range I was given, and I really went for it on the sprints despite being assured that I didn’t need to.
It was a nice workout. The only trouble I have is with my position – I have a big stomach in the way which is mostly loose saggy skin now…it makes it hard to pedal as it lies across the top of my legs. For any Skinnie Minnies amongst you, strap a backpack to your front on the loosest setting and then try and ride a bike…or even just try bending over – it’s a bit of a bitch. But it’s my bitch and I’ll work with it. I just won’t be doing any bum high head low moves on a bike for a while!
I think I am going to try a couple of spin classes with my PT. I told him about the Wattbike escapades and he laughed – he said he knew how frustrating I would have found the advice…he knows me well! So we are going to try some spin work in my PT sessions and then I might try a class. Mr WLB has just bought a turbo trainer and we have a dedicated bike for that now courtesy of a cycling buddy of his…so I am going to use my Reebok Step to clamber on it and will give that a go too.
So I guess my moral tonight is about judging books by their cover…again!
It’s a recurring theme. I make assumptions all of the time. I try not to, but I do. We all do.
Try not to though. I felt as if I could have been pushed harder last night. Maybe I wouldn’t have wanted to go back if I found it really hard. I am not sure that I want to go back for the opposite reason though…my PT session today did far more for me than last nights class did…yet I had been scared off the pro Wattbike and warned how tough I would find it.
Don’t feel that you have to go easy on a fattie. Don’t feel that you can go hard on a skinny.
Take the time to discover what you’re working with – irrespective of the package that they come in! 😉
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, and cherry tomatoes.
Lunch: Jacket potato, baked beans, cottage cheese, and spinach salad.
Dinner: Hot smoked salmon, new potatoes, and salad.
Snacks: Fat-free Greek yogurt and Black Forest berries, and a pitta ‘pizza’.
Exercise: 60 minutes Pilates and 60 minutes PT.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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