In Which I Nearly Embarrass Myself in Public at the Gym

OMFG


I don't know if I'm really unfit or if I had a minor anxiety attack, but I could not get beyond the warm-up of Ropes and Rowers. I was dizzy and felt a fainting spell come on. I hate fainting in public. Left the class to get some breathing room and water and never went back in. Sat for a while and my heart wouldn't stop racing ... Right. Ok. No sense in wasting this trip to the gym. So I went downstairs where it was warmer and quieter and I knew no one would be looking and judging.

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Since I had signed up for a class I didn't bring my headphones. From now on, I will always bring headphones. But it was kinda nice to just zone out on the elliptical for another 30 minutes. Listening to the hum of treadmills and just letting my brain wander while my body did its thing. I feel more relaxed than I have in a while (though while I wait for my ride to finish his workout I'm starting to freeze and seize up) and I got a few more ideas for this blog. So, it wasn't a total waste of time. Also, probably a combination of both anxiety of so many people in the room (it suddenly felt like a very small space and I'm not generally claustrophobic, but I just couldn't) and being more out of shape than I thought. Though I do appreciate my trainer suggesting the class because he thinks I'm totally capable of slaying it.

My heart rate stayed around 170bpm when I was moving, average from the interval I chose (level 1 y'all, I think that points to being out of shape when it comes to cardio) was 158. Way more than double my resting heart rate. As much as I hate cardio, I obviously need to incorporate more into my life.

Fitbit stats - 34 minutes, 405 calories.