Trek Women
January 27, 2009

"Using The Shoes"

Images[9] Last week while I was at the gym, I met up with a new Spin Class instructor.  We started up a conversation and I expressed how I so wanted to attend the class but didn't think it was a good idea with my tender knee.He immediately showed me his scarred knees as a result of several operations and quickly responded, 'Yes you can"!!!..   Besides, I can use my clip shoes again that have been on hold for some time due to doctors orders not to do the twist in those shoes.

If you know me, that is all I needed to hear to get me to that class and that is just what I have planned for this week.  While participating in several different spin classes I must say when the instructor yells out to you to "get out of the saddle you lazy sleaze bag", several things come to mind but first, want to get out of that saddle alright and slither out of the room and hide.  While I know they are there to motivate you, a good majority of us are barely there and I for one need more of a positive message.  Let's move on...

My new instructor offered to adjust my bike, make sure everything is set up perfectly and told me by the time the first session is finished, I will have all the confidence I need to continue with the classes and become the super girl I intend to be, or that is in my heart.    So here we go again, wish me luck as this is just once more step to getting myself back to where I want to be in my Bicycle life.  I hope you are all listening and can see that we all have the wherewithal to make a comeback.  You just need to want it in your heart and surround yourself with the right motivators/people in your life that want you to have it too.

Come Ride With Me. 


Sounds like you happened upon a great instructor just at the opportune time. You will do great and it sounds like the instructor has got you set up for some perfect self-motivation for spinning.

On another note: As you ease back into clipless shoes, you can actually not twist your foot with the rebuilt-knee leg. If you just stop pedaling and let your foot come to rest, you can then reach down and unstrap your shoe and pull your foot out while leaving the shoe attached to the bike (no twisting required). I sprained my ankle a few weeks ago and could rehab on the trainer - it was just the unclipping that caused pain. Sadly, it took me a couple of days before I realized I could just unstrap the shoe and pull my foot out. Hope this helps!


Posted by: Jen | Jan 27, 2009 3:18:20 PM

Oh my gosh, I did not think of that and it's a fabulous suggestion. Right now just one wrong turn and I can really feel it in my knee. Thanks so much for that. sometimes the answer is right in front of us an we just can't see it.

Hope to see you in the not so distant future .

Posted by: Marie | Jan 28, 2009 9:40:03 AM

Sounds Fun I have not ventured into a Spin class yet but, I think I just might try that.

Posted by: Barb | Jan 29, 2009 10:36:25 PM

I have learned that in Spin class, I must go at my own pace. I don't get out of the saddle if it doesn't feel right. Once I started talking to the spin instructors after class, I learned that most of them DON'T even ride outside! They only think they know what they are doing. As I move at my own pace, I am gaining strength and endurance in a way that works for me.

P.S. I once took a Spin class where the instructor thought we should all spend most of the hour out of the saddle. It killed my knees trying to follow her instructions and I went back to listening to my body.

Posted by: Jackie | Feb 3, 2009 8:45:48 AM

Thank you for your good comments Jackie. I spend way too much time worrying about what others think instead of listening to my body. I am however getting better, braver and smarter every day. To balance things out I try to pass along words of encouragement just as you have done to me. Keep in touch.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Feb 5, 2009 1:55:23 PM

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