To Quit or Not to Quit

dont-quitMeltdown. Is what I’m having. You know what I hate besides fear? Weakness. And that’s how I feel. Weak. I just completed my third spinning class and I feel like crying. Instead of stronger, I’m feeling weaker. While my mind is screaming the entire time, “quit,” I am hurting in an area where it’s downright embarrassing to divulge to a male instructor. And so, I spin on. Fifty minutes is a long time.

My son sent me a text to give it time. “Just stay consistent,” he says. “Don’t quit. In three – four weeks, you’ll start to challenge yourself. Right now, your body is challenging you.”

I sure wish I had done this twenty years ago. Now at fifty-something, I feel foolish trying to keep up with the more youthful and experience crowd.  While I did not quit, I could not keep up. I felt deflated driving home. But then again, no pain, no gain, right?

Cycling class. I hope that I will start seeing results instead of feeling as if I’m merely spinning my wheels, if you know what I mean.

© M.A. Perez, 2013, All Rights Reserved

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Filed under Agility, Exercise, Fatigue, Memoir, Midlife Crisis

5 responses to “To Quit or Not to Quit

  1. You’re definitely not a quitter, girlfriend. I’m still in awe that you’ve persisted with your writing, in spite of the many obstacles. I’m truly impressed!

  2. You know this activity is the ‘secret weapon’ on ‘America’s Biggest Loser?’ You burn SOOOO many calories in on session. Good job getting as far as you have.

  3. Spinning class is tough – even for younger people. Trust me, I know! I still come away with wobbly legs. Your son is right – hang with it.

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