After a few hours of work today, I ran down to meet Clara and Emma for a spin class! We went to Clara’s gym, since she had some free guest passes for us to use. The class was very upbeat, hot, and sweaty, and I am still trying to rehydrate! (You know you’re dehydrated when you get thirsty every 20 minutes).
Thanks to my sweat-soaked shirt, my body felt as though it had had a good workout, however my mind was still uneasy. The instructor didn’t tell us how long our intervals would be, how many we would have, or provide us with any time cues whatsoever. Furthermore, she didn’t give us any rates of perceived exertion (RPE) to suggest how hard we should be working. The word “sprint” soon became quite an arbitrary term, and I found myself distrusting the instructor.
I don’t want to rant and say negative things, because ultimately I managed to push through and get a workout, but I really can’t emphasize enough the importance of a good instructor! An instructor who knows what they’re doing, is positive, and engaging really does make all the difference.
Dinner tonight was inspired by a salad I had last summer back home in Victoria.
I cooked some quinoa (1/4 cup dry), steamed some frozen kale, and chopped some red pepper, red onion, and avocado. I then topped it all with goat cheese and smoked salmon, and finally dressed my salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
A little tip if you want to make this at home for yourself: Unless you like the taste of warm balsamic vinegar, I suggest letting the quinoa and kale cool. Luckily, this didn’t take long (I also had some baby carrots while waiting for a whole 5 minutes), and my meal was much more refreshing this way.
This salad was super easy to make, and I will probably be making it a lot more in the near future, perhaps with chicken in place of smoked salmon. (As much as I love smoked salmon, it’s not exactly the cheapest option at the store, so I’m going to have to wait until I’m back home for some more of that 🙂 )