Saturday, April 30, 2011

In the Zumba Zone

It's Saturday, which can only mean one thing!  It's Zumba time!  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this class!  And after boot camp, I wanted to have a workout that I enjoyed.  So it was a spoonful of peanut butter, and then I took off.  I should have ran around the track for a while before hand, but I didn't leave early enough.  No worries, I'm ready to have a great workout in class.

I strapped on the Garmin, and I was really anxious to see what my heart rate average was in this class. The music starts, and we start dancing.  There was some new songs, and a few favorites.  These past few weeks, I have really gotten comfortable in this class.  It's a terrific atmosphere, and I can really let go.  And I do;  I really get into the routines.  Today was even better; I was in the zone.  Even Renae, the instructor, thought so as she told me later. I was dancing and shaking and sweating.  All the time I was checking my heart rate, and it was good; but I was confused as to why the average heart rate display wasn't moving.  It was stuck at 123, and I knew it should be going up as time went on because it was ranging from 135 to 160 during the routines.  Well, when class ended, and I went to stop the timer, I it wasn't until then that I realized I had never turned it on!  Bummer!!! 

One of the beautiful ladies in this class is from Brazil.  I can't even begin to know how to spell her name, but she and her friend are newly certified zumba instructors.  She had mentioned the week before that she had never eaten crawfish.  So this Saturday, Kelly and I met up with them and Renae at a local Cajun place to give her the experience.   It was a lot of fun, and she handled the crawfish like a pro. 

So getting to know them better was great, and in the process I found out Renae also teaches Spinning, and not in the boot-camp-nazi way.  She offered a guest pass to check it out.  I'll have to work up my nerves to take her up on it.  I love being in the zumba zone, but I think it will take some time to get into the Spinning zone. The cycle really intimidates me. But this whole journey to the Warrior Dash is about conquering fears and stepping out of my comfort zone.  We have a zumbathon in mid-May. After that, I think I'll give it a try.

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