1. I Found A Muscle
Last night, after class and dinner and a shower, I was stretching in the bedroom and noticed a shadow along my side. I investigated and discovered that it was a muscle (whose name I forget) that I hadn’t seen in a few years.
2. I have arms now.
Sort of. They’re still the skinny little t-rex arms I’ve always had, but they’re getting less awkward with every class.
3. You can go fast in little gears.
Today I’m out on the Tricross doing my therapy appointment and stuff. I found myself clocking 19.8 MPH in the small ring.
I’ve been learning to spin smaller gears to reframe the distribution of fast-versus slow-twitch muscle fibers in my legs in favor of a more ballet – friendly build. I expected to lose a lot of speed on the bike; instead it seems I’m just changing how I achieve that speed: spinning instead of stomping up hills; accelerating more slowly away from so lights.
It works. It’s working. In the long run I am rebuilding my body to favor of ballet, but it seems like I can still be a halfway decent cyclist.
That’s it for now.