If you’ve been following my posts, you’ll know I’m a fan of spin. It is in part the class itself – the music, the dark room with strobe lights, and an electrifying instructor. My fondness is also in big part connected to what I learn from spin. There are a few lessons of note that I’ll retell here.

Lesson #1: In Spin and Life, we are the masters of our own tension. 

Excerpt from post 3. Modulating your own tension gives those of us who are slackers, license to take it easy. For those of us who are Type As, well, we just make it our mission to make it hurt. I suspect we take to life the way we take to modulating tension in spin class. We push ourselves as hard as we think we need to, as hard as we think we can handle, harder than we think others are pushing themselves, and so on.

Lesson #2: In Spin and in Life, we must submit to things we cannot explain.

Excerpt from post 4. For me, part of the outcome lies in what Micheline brings. In 45 minutes with her at the helm, the exhaustion expels from my pores. My muscles remember what they are capable of and my heart becomes a bass drum. My body is amped with energy. And my brain, fancying itself an economist, seeks a rationale that explains a supply and demand conundrum. How could a body lacking energy, gain voltage after a period of extreme exertion? And then my sassy subconscious scoffs, ‘You think life can only be explained through a mix of economics and thermodynamic mumbo jumbo? I pity you!’ Life is more than what science can explain, it is a complex interconnection of mind over matter. And most of the time, our feeble explanations only expose our unimaginative questions.

Lesson #3: In Spin and Life, one must keep her head up, even when things get hard.

Excerpt from post 5. It is tempting when driving hard at the highest tension to put your head down and power through. But according to Micheline, no one rides with their head down. She gets us to focus on our posture – shoulders down, back straight and most importantly, head up. One must always keep her head up – and look at the road ahead, even when the hills are hard and we have to push like hell. Thank you for the wisdom Micheline.

In addition to the lessons directly taken from the class, there are other things that I’ve learned from the experience of taking time for deeply rewarding but non-essential activities (e.g. not required for survival). Spin has been a great workout and re-energizer. Spin has also made me want more self-care activities. Not long after joining spin, I signed up for yoga classes, tried archery, joined a cookbook club, did more pleasure reading, did more pleasure drinking, et cetera.

Simply put, I made sure I separated my work and home life and made time for more rewarding, non-essential activities. And these rewarding, non-essentails are, as you can imagine, a source of irreplaceable joy. So when it gets to the end of a calendar year, and I ask myself, as I do every year, ‘where did the time go?’, I can happily say, ‘a lot of it went to my rewarding, non-essentials.’

Lesson #4: One must make time for spin and other rewarding, non-essentials!