In the short time Amanda Spaulding has been riding at cycletribe, she has inspired us and we want to share her story of a busy mom finding space for herself again. Read her inspirational story!
It’s been almost one month exactly since I booked my first ride at cycletribe and when I started, it was my very first spin class ever!
Before cycletribe, my exercise routine was basically non-existent. I never found anything that really called to me. I’d use that as an excuse along with the excuse of having three young children and no time. Pretty soon I believed all the excuses and felt like I’d never find a source of exercise I’d actually enjoy or anything that would fit into my schedule as a busy stay-at-home/homeschooling mom. I was feeling pretty hopeless and really desperate. I was so uncomfortable in my skin and didn’t know how to change.
Being greeted with an authentic smile each morning by someone who knows my name and is cheering me on is a huge motivator. It may sound a bit extreme, but I really feel like someone switched the light on in my brain after my first ride. It was like that missing piece of a puzzle was finally put into place and the changes started happening really quickly. My energy level has been phenomenal--no more mid-day slump and no trouble falling asleep in the evenings. My mental health has benefited, I feel much more equipped to handle my daily tasks without feelings of anxiety or being overwhelmed. I think my husband and kids would agree with me when I say that I feel much more calm and happy now.
For the past year, I’d been experiencing some pretty intense lower back pain due primarily to muscle tension. I’d wake up in pain and it would take me hours before loosening up enough to feel comfortable. After my first few rides, my back pain vanished and hasn’t come back!
Before cycletribe, I felt like my body was aging prematurely and I was beginning to lose my adventurous spirit. But after a month, I am stronger and I’m more confident in what my body is capable of achieving. I feel like I can tackle physical tasks now without constantly running that internal self-diagnostic, like, “Is this gonna cause damage? Am I gonna sprain something??”
There are so many reasons I ride. I feel like I find new benefits and new reasons every day! I do it for me. I am a much happier, nicer, more mellow after a ride and the mental clarity and focus I experience makes me feel like I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to! But I also do it for my husband and my kids. I’m a more patient mom and a healthier, happier, more energetic partner to my husband. Ultimately, I want to be around for a good long time for my family so I get up to ride at 5:55am! I feel strong and this is a pretty new feeling for me: I'm loving it! There’s also the added benefit of my clothes becoming looser! Everybody likes that, right??