I had a great ride this morning- still on vacation time, so I was up at 5 am, piddled around and had breakfast, and then went out from the house on a new route. I usually drive over the the 8 mile loop that's really popular with cyclists, but it's only 5 miles from my house, so I rode my bike over there, did the loop, then meandered back to the house on a back road. It was great! My legs felt fresh, my back didn't hurt, my hands didn't fall asleep. I think the spin classes helped. And for some reason it's always surprising to me to see results. I think that there is a disconnect between what actions I do, and the results that I see.
For instance, even when I am eating really healthy and exercising, I can see a gain on the scale. And then when I have a night out and eat and drink too much, it will show a loss. I know theoretically they are connected- if I eat more, I gain weight. But the true effect is so far apart in time that it doesn't see like there is a connection at all.
And the same with exercise- I feel like I've been working really hard, trying to improve my speed and strength, and yet I have a new toy, the Garmin Forerunner 405, that will tell you pace and heartrate and elevation and all that- and my average speed is 16:00 per mile. And all along I've thought I've been slow- no really, I'm even slower!
Anyway, it's nice to see a good result- and I need to concentrate on the positive steps- even baby steps!