Greetings from the beautiful Pillar and Post in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I know, I know… blogging on a get-away is lameo, but I actually have time to sit and write without distraction.
I want to thank you all so much for all your support via tweets, emails and blog comments in regards to my RPM audition on Saturday. I’ve had a few requests for scoop on how it went and what was involved, so here it goes.
Let me rewind to the week of January 2-6th. I pretty much lived on the spin bike. I attended a class each day, and even 2 classes on the 3rd. I wouldn’t necessarily “give’r” but I’d try to focus on certain things: keeping my shoulders down, arms loose, foot position, keeping on the beat, arm position on the handle bars, etc. I tend to go balls to the wall during RPM, making form the last thing I think about. The spin room at my club also doesn’t have any mirrors which makes it difficult to see if you look ridiculous.
Anyways, my emotions were all over the place. After one class in particular, I was certain I wasn’t ready. I was gasping for breath, and I was doubting my fitness level for the first time in my life. That sounded completely cocky. But, if I’m anything in this world - I know that I’m fit. I find that RPM is one of those classes that no matter how many times you attend, it just doesn’t get easier.
After a wicked class on Friday night, I knew I was ready. In fact, I was even confident that I was going to succeed at this. I felt strong.
….that is until I walked into the gym on Saturday morning to see the biggest line I’ve ever seen in my life.
I had no idea that many people were spin enthusiasts!
The administrative process was relatively simple: Deliver your CV, get your head shot taken (I kept blinking, I think he had to take 5 pictures…idiot Amy) and then you were given an assessment sheet for the movement audition.
All riders went into the spin room for a info session, and then we all had to get up in front of the room and say our name and something interesting about ourselves.
Now for those of you who know me in real life you can attest, I am not shy. I am not afraid of public speaking. I got up there and my voice felt a little shaky, very strange for me! My interesting fact? I spin because I’m a little accident prone on road bikes. Spin bikes don’t move!
After that, half of the candidates left while the first 31 of us did the ‘movement audition’ which was 6 RPM tracks. We were each assigned an assessor who would then evaluate each track for things like form, foot position, staying on the beat, etc etc etc.
There was also a man that walked around and video taped us. I found this to be the most awkward part. I wasn’t sure if I should look at the instructor or look in the camera. I just chose to pretend the camera wasn’t there. Worked for me.
You know what the best part was? Despite the fact that it was an audition, the movement audition was SO FUN! Spinning with 30 other enthusiastic people made the energy-level in the room phenomenal. Everyone was letting out ‘woo-hoos’ and signing the lyrics. I smiled the whole time, despite having sweat come out of every pore. I was able to forget that I was being assessed and just had fun!
I’ve had a couple of days to reflect (read: obsess) over this, and it became apparent that I really want this. I never realized how much, until it became very obvious that the chances of being accepted really aren’t in my favour. 63 people for 12-14 positions. Those are some scary odds.
I want this. I want it badly. I’m just going to continue to think positively.
I’ll find out in about 2 weeks. That’s so long!
Thanks again for your support. You’re the best.
Enough RPM talk for now. There is wine to be drank, and shopping to be executed in the USA.
Side note: Is it weird that we’re driving back home on the US side mainly so I can buy Chobani and shop at the Nine West Outlet?
I don’t think so either.