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concessions?

making due, accepting reality, working with the shortcomings at hand...define it as you will, but there are times when you really just must concede that you will just have to do the best you can with what you have. I did. And while it's not perfection, it is good enough. A second xray of my recently busted ankle confirms no fracture of the bones. Great news, you might say, but for me I was hoping for a little black and white evidence for the amount of bruising, swelling and pain I'm experiencing right now. The moto that flipped on my foot was heavy and vicious in it's acceleration, leaving me standing, yet with small stones embedded in the top of my foot. You'd think something would have cracked, but I am realizing that torn ligaments are maybe not given their due. Remedy for my bed-ridden, leg up depression? Look forward to something and do something I love. I run my own studio and have no subs. No customers, no income, but I've never said I do this for an income - my air conditioner eats up any profit I make. But I love it with all my heart and soul, to offer classes to people who are fiercely loyal. So I got out my customer list and put it out there: I would teach a class...off the bike. got a great response - even from that new gal who hadn't been in yet. My challenge was to just shut up and not try to overly convince her that this is unusual. She could just have her experience and make up her mind if this was for her or not. Once committed I got myself set up with a big ball to sit on (note to self: bad choice....the ball is quite challenging if you only have one good foot and one terribly painful foot...I found myself depending on my bad foot a few too many breathtaking times). I took out a favorite playlist and did a quick note across the song list to make sure I set out long sessions of exploration. . . like "count your own jumps in this much time..." ".5 K surge/.5k off for the next 11 minutes using the spinning monitors mounted to the bike..." "quick and lively legs for the next 6 minutes, 95rpm with a challenge gear for that cadence..." I put the lights down lower than I normally have them to help focus the ride on them and not on me, sitting on my hobby horse, and I kept my speaking to a minimum, with brief, clear expectations for challenge and permission to back off. It was less technique than I usually teach and more "let yourself explore your edge," more typical of classes I often dismiss here in these blogs. . . you know what I mean? less a training session and more of a group fitness cardio workout. oi. did I just say that? me? But you know what? In the end, I honor the need for consistency I've seen growing in my clients and I'm fairly confident that if you asked them, they would say "yes" they noticed a difference from my usual coaching style, especially being totally off the bike, but that they got what they came for; a good sweat, an hour of escape and another penny in the bank of fitness. I am typically a purist . . . but I'll have to concede . . . sometimes coping for the sake of continuity (and in my case sanity) is alright.
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