As a fifty-something widow, I joined the Plymouth Life Time Fitness club in 2005 hoping to meet other active folks my age. A few weeks later I was introduced to Craig, a LifeTime Legacy member and regular at the Plymouth club. Having been told by our mutual friends that I wasn’t ready for a “real date,” he asked me to swim laps with him at the club.
The rest, as they say, is history. In addition to swimming, we started attending fitness yoga, nutrition, spin, Pilates, CRT, and other classes. Within a year we were married, and ever since have supported each other to stay in shape and to hit our monthly goal of twelve club visits.
When friends invited us to bicycle Northern Thailand with them, we were excited to “give it a spin,” so to speak. We began attending Tiffany Berenberg’s spin classes, and I did the Ride of a Lifetime event in St. Paul, Minn. We felt ready.
Our first day was a grueling eight hour ride from Chaing Mai to Chaing Dao. It was hot, and at the top of a particularly steep hill I began to second guess my conclusion that weekly spin classes had been enough.
Tiffany’s words kept ringing in my head: “Shoulders down, elbows in, core engaged, use the balls of your feet, push, push, push.” So I kept pushing on the balls of my feet and soon enough we made it to our first night’s lodging. We stayed in a small cabin in the middle of the forest, had a hot shower, and were delighted to be served a gourmet meal at dinner! Life was good again.
Over the next eight days we covered over 320 miles of beautiful countryside, visited the northern most point in Thailand, and made a three hour visit to Burma before heading back to Chaing Mai.
The photo was taken at one of the many Buddhist Temples we saw. I am proudly wearing my Lifetime spin shirt, as well as the headband I purchased in the Spa Salon at the Plymouth club.
Craig and I plan to continue our commitment to fitness, and to stay in shape for our next adventure.