I just got back from a spin class at the YMCA they just built near my house, which is really convenient for training purposes. But anyways, WOW, what a workout tonight. I have been to many spin classes before but this one really pushed me to my limits and I really really had to dig down deep and stay focused and ignore the pain. Mentally it was one of the hardest workouts Ive done in a long time. We did a mountain climb workout and we were practically out of our seats the entire 45 minutes of class. Made me feel like Lance climbing the Alp d'Huez in the The Le Tour de France. I pushed myself to complete exhaustion and so hard that I was dripping in sweat and got off the bike and was walking around like a new born giraffe. everybody in the classes was looking at me like I was weird but I didnt care, I worked to complete exhaustion in a workout, and thats what I need to be doing if I want to be great in the running and stair climbing world.
In these stair races I have found out very quickly that it is a huge mental game. Your legs are usually going to feel like crap on the 20th maybe even 10th floor of an 80 or even 103 floor climb but you have to find that mind frame where you just insist on ignoring that hurt and burn and pushing through to complete exhaustion. Check out some of the videos online of climbers just completed wiped out physically and mentally at the top of these climbs. its not for show, they are like that because they made themselves hurt. I am going to continue doing these spin classes and continuing to make my body hurt like they do in races. Which reminds me of a song. Check it out.