So, in addition to holding out on the marathon news, one of the *other* things I neglected to share with you in advance were my plans for this weekend. Essentially, I’ll be making lots of work for myself on Monday:
Normally, my plans wouldn’t be particularly notable, really (I’m usually running, cleaning, and hanging out with KMN) – but THIS weekend, I am taking my initial (emphasis on initial) Les Mills RPM Spin Instructor training module. !!!
According to the course manual, I am/will be learning “secrets to changing the world one class at a time”. I’d make fun of this, except I’m the one who touts all over her website that “Running changes lives!” So instead, I’ll just say that LIVES had better watch out, because I’m coming to CHANGE THEM. [In a little while. I’m still an uncertified newbie instructor.]
So today looked something like this:
1. Wake up early.
2. Pack 7 zillion snacks/lunch, 6 changes of clothes, cycling shoes, and lots of technology into several bags. I should report that the infamous jelly actually made quite a nice PB&J sandwich.
3. Go to the gym to (successfully) stake out THE bike I wanted to ride. Trust me, the way the spin bikes get packed into the room, I DEFINITELY wanted the “window seat”!
4. Master Class. For additional comments on this, see RWH on Facebook.
5. Intro to RPM “Choreography” (integration of music, cues, and moves). Bottom line: Very scripted, but learning to read the keys/cues is like learning a foreign language. Thankfully, it took about 5 minutes to pick up, rather than 5 years. Each student is assigned one track to present in a Final Assessment on Sunday afternoon.
6. Interactive Technique Lecture, and LLoAL: Learn Lots of Acronyms Lecture.
8. More technique. Very sweaty. Air con, where are you…?????
9. Practice calling cues for each other for our presentation track.
10. Realize that although RPM Instructors make this look VERY easy, it’s HARD. Especially the first time. When I’m fighting with someone else’s iPod so the screen stops turning off. And trying to listen to the music, and myself, at the same freakin’ time.
11. Get frustrated and slightly panicky, but realize I’m in too deep to stop now!
12. Move spin bikes to cooler room. Aaaaahhhhhh….
13. For about 5 seconds, until we start an intensive spin session.
14. But not before I grab some Sports Beans and lots of water. Hey, don’t judge. I knew they’d sit in my stomach just fine, despite the upcoming activity. Thank you running, for teaching me how to stay energized and hydrated during intensive athletic endeavors. [There was Nuun consumed today, too.]
15. Feel tired, but STRONG during this challenging ride. Give MASSIVE thanks for being a well-trained endurance runner.
16. Repeat #15, about 10 times over the course of an hour.
17. Coursework DONE for the day.
18. Return home, and inhale: 10 Pringles, 1 slice banana bread, several glasses of water.
19. A Great Technology Battle: Struggle to get music onto my iPhone. Persist, albeit very grumpily. Snap at husband.
20. SUCCEED! Feel immediately better.
21. Catch bus, and spend the 30 minute ride rehearsing song and cues (“choreography”) for tomorrow, while trying not to bounce, bob, gesture, or sing out loud TOO much.
22. “Sneak” into the empty spin room at the gym (different gym: had to relocated somewhere that was open laaaate on Saturday). Except the lights are off, and I’m afraid that if I ask for them to be turned on, someone will tell me I’m not supposed to be in the room. And I NEED to practice this choreography!!
23. Spend the 45 fastest minutes EVER on the spin bike, rehearsing 7 minute song approximately 45/7 = 6.5 times. [Lie. I actually rehearsed the beginning more than any other part. I think a strong start is important – plus, the end is pretty repetitive.]
24. Zip out just before gym closes.
25. Take my sore tush (and a few other bits…chafing isn’t just for runners, ya know) home.
Despite some panicky moments earlier today, I’m actually feeling pretty good about this. I know my song (keep in mind that this is just 1 out of 9 that go into a full-length class), and feel moderately confident in the choreography. I am by no means an expert, or anywhere near ready to teach a class myself. That’s why this is just the first step in my training. Provided that I pass tomorrow, I’ll work with a mentor for a few months, before submitting a final teaching sample for evaluation.
Today’s experience has also reminded me of what it’s like to be a student – the moments of panic when you think you can’t possibly master this, then the moments of insight and pride when you realize that maybe you actually can. It has also made me exceptionally grateful that I have the strong legs, heart, and lungs of a distance runner!! Annnnd…My fingers are crossed that the time tested method for drying wet sneakers (stuffing them several times with newspaper) will work just as well on my sweat-soggy cycling shoes. Otherwise, my toes are gonna be very prune-like tomorrow!
I’ll be back to all YOU blogs soon – as soon as tomorrow’s course is over! Until then…happy running! (Or spinning!!)
Runners: When was the last time a situation made you REALLY thankful that you were a runner?
Anyone: What was the last NON-running challenge that you conquered that left you feeling really, really accomplished?
[And give yourself a pat on the back for it. Good work!]