We got like maybe an inch of snow here, if that. But, still, the light dusting made for some nice scenery without too much snow-slush gunk this afternoon.
Anyways, I probably shouldn’t be admitting this on the internet, but, today I took the pre-workout crazy to the next level.
For some reason, I woke up nervous for my workout (6 x 1 mile @ HMP with 1 min rest)…
So, I burned a grapefruit candle because that smells like SoulCycle. Why? Well, I always 1) enjoy SoulCycle and 2) enjoy pushing myself there, mostly because I’m paying a lot of money to be on that bike.
I know, this is really taking any pre-workout or pre-race habits to the next level. Soon, I’ll be needing to wear grapefruit perfume to races or something.
Anyways, the grapefruit candle + flyer shirt must have worked, because Gia and I had a nice little workout this morning. Each repeat was faster than half marathon pace (last I checked 7:30 was not my half marathon pace nor will it be for quite some time), which means I didn’t exactly follow directions, but that’s just details, right? [Sorry, RC.]
It actually felt more painful to slow down a tiny bit than it did to keep at the pace we were at, which was somewhat painful as it was.
So, it looks like I’m going to have to stock up on grapefruit candles. Not the exact SoulCycle one though, as they are out of my price range.
Speaking of SoulCycle, I cheated on them and went to a spin class at Revolve on Saturday with Gia and Jocelyn. The class was taught by Kira Stokes and her twitter handle, @kirastokesfit, is actually a very apt description of her.
Her class was very challenging and more technical than a SoulCycle class. She very much emphasizes form and technique, which I appreciated. Her “RIP” ride (resistance, interval, perfomance; a 1 hr ride) consists of two weight sections in the middle of all that spinning.
I also liked that Kira rides most, if not all, of the class. I often try to match the cadence of my legs to the instructors. At one point she said, “This stuff works, which is why I’m riding…I didn’t get this way by just walking around the room talking to you all.” So, at least I know one of the secrets to her abs…
I’d say if you want a bike dance party therapy session/exorcism, go to SoulCycle. If you want a more “athletes-only” type workout focusing on technique, check out Revolve. Both will give you a great workout.
TELL ME: PRE-RACE OR PRE-WORKOUT CRAZY THINGS YOU’VE DONE? FAVE SPIN STUDIO IN NYC OR WHEREVER IT IS THAT YOU LIVE?
Also, if any of you has any grapefruit candles out there that you don’t want, send them my way.
Until next time…
PS – Kay and GMRuns won the 2 Picky Bars + Believe I am 4 Card Pack!