Another fun cycling teacher, Angie, is also the mother of a high-school-age girl who runs, so she tells us sometimes about her daughter's adventures at track meets.
But also Angie tells us about her own adventures as a runner and cyclist. And when I say "adventures," I mean tough, hard training.
She told us the other day that right after class she was going to meet another cycling instructor, Chantel, to go riding together.
She added, "She's already been out there riding since seven o'clock this morning. She goes on these five-hour rides. I don't get that. I think riding a bike is hard enough, why would I want to stay on one for six hours? It's long, it's boring, it's painful, it's no fun. Why do people do that, anyway?"
(pause for ironic chuckle)
Anyway, here are some of Angie's motivational sayings from a recent class:
You're sprinting now. You're getting into the anaerobic zone. There is no oxygen for your muscles. You have to switch to another energy system, and it's painful.
I know you're having a hard time. You should be having a hard time.
Pick up the pace. Flush out those legs.
It's on you. Nobody else cares. No one shares the suffering with you. You're all alone in this room.
I'm talking about post-exercise. If you work hard in here, your body will still be burning fat cells two to three hours after we finish.
Your body is always stronger on the home stretch. The harder you work now, the better your body will work later.
Don't sink into the pain. Posture!
I'm looking for muscle recruitment. The more you struggle with those pedal strokes, the more you'll be building new muscle strength.