babble, spinning

In Which Fatso Doesn’t Get It, Sometimes

I don’t know what made me think about it, but I remembered a guy in my Sunday morning Spin class today, and it made me want to write an entry, just to say:

“What the hell are you doing, man?”

This guy goes into his own wee world when the class starts. He understands basic commands like “stand up,” and “take a seat,” but things like, “add on a turn of tension,” or “add on ALL THE TENSION!” and he doesn’t do a damned thing.

Now, in Sandra’s class, we do hill climbs like we’re trying to bike up a Munro – we turn on as much tension as we can manage without stopping moving, and Sandra leaves us like that for a minute or a minute and a half. It’s hard. Most of us manage a pedal stroke in a lot longer a time than when we’re normally standing up, or when we’re normally sitting down.

It’s good cardio; it gets my heart racing, gets my breath going.

But this guy on the other side of the room from me?

Doesn’t put any tension on. Just keeps spinning at a fast pace; he’s managing three or four pedal strokes to one of ours, if not more.

And it pisses me off.

Why come to a class if you’re not gonna pay attention to the instructor?! Why come to a class if you’re just gonna pedal at your own speed, never turn on tension, and just do your own thing? They have spin bikes in the gym for that.

I know it probably makes me elitist or snobby or something, but it does really, really bother me. Ever since my first class, I’ve done what the instructor has said, and if I can’t, I tell them I can’t do it – if I can tell them – I do a different version of what they’re doing, or I do something like a seated or standing hill climb.

But this guy? This guy just pedals. He just…

No tension, nothing.

Pedalling. The only difference is he stands up and sits down when he’s told.

I don’t know.

I just know that it really, really gets to me that sometimes, people that I talk to regularly tell me that they can’t get a spot in classes, and then people like this get a spot in class.

I think that’s what bothers me.

I just wish it didn’t.