Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On Flywheel, Fitness, & New Beginnings

I used to be able to put my ankles behind my head & now I can barely touch my toes. I'm searching for my middle path.

I used to be a yogi. I started practicing yoga 16 years ago, started teaching yoga 9 years ago. Yoga was my first love & my only form of fitness. Until I got hurt. I idolized the wrong teacher & I ended up with knee & hip & shoulder injuries which resulted in chronic joint pain. My last year in Miami, I was pretty much off the yoga mat, but I worked out with a great trainer twice a week who really helped me rebuild some stability in my body.

When I first moved to Philly, I immediately got back on the mat, but found my old injuries flaring up pretty quickly. It was then that I discovered Flywheel. Here was something completely different, something totally out of my comfort zone, & my body felt great! For the first time in my life, I was enjoying cardio. And as much as I fell in love with the endorphins of Flywheel, I also fell in love with the people of Flywheel. More important than the amazing workouts I had over the last year & a half are the amazing friends I've made. But with this new comfort zone, that old joint pain is pretty bad again & I think I know what I need to do about it.

See, I went from super gentle yoga girl to badass Flywheel baller. And now it's finally time for me to find some middle ground. I desperately need the stretching of yoga & I cannot live without the endorphins of cardio. But there is that obvious 3rd piece of the puzzle that I've been ignoring. And at my age, that's a big mistake. Yes, it's time for me to add strength training to the mix.

To that end, I joined 12th Street Gym. Offering a huge variety of classes/week, it's a one-stop-shop for all of my totally-out-of-my-comfort-zone fitness needs. And the thing is, if I'm being completely honest with myself, Flywheel kind of costs more than I can actually afford, especially if I need to do other things too. Obviously, I still think that Flywheel is worth every penny & I would not take back one minute or dollar that I spent there, but for the 1st time in my life, I'm finally trying to live within my means & 12th Street Gym fits quite nicely in my budget.

I cried when I left Flywheel yesterday. Which is ridiculous because I'll totally be at Hayley's 80s Hair Bands Theme Ride on Thursday. I'm not leaving forever, how could I? The only real change is that I just won't be flying 4-5 days/week anymore. And that's OK.

So. New LJ does a variety of workouts & she follows a budget. I like her already.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Coming Home

I was in central Florida last week. I saw my bestie & her daughters for a couple days, then headed over to my annual conference for work.

I had a great time--lots of laughs, lots of really positive team building, lots of learning, lots of connecting with people I only get to see once a year. I even presented with great success. As I do every year, right now I have the post-conference blues & I can't wait for the Lead Teacher face to face in about six months to hang with at least part of my crew again.

But if I'm being really honest, I am so very happy to be home. That moment the plane touched down in Philly was a happy one. Being back in my awesome Center City apartment, getting takeout from Govinda's as soon as I finished unpacking...so damn good. Then I had a great Philly weekend: two Flywheel rides, walking the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, eating at Almaz & Hip City Veg, cocktails at Charlie was a sinner (do check out their fall menu!).
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. Photo Credit Ed Coffin
There really is no place like home.