Earn Your Slash Challenge @ B/Spoke Studios – DONE!


I’m DONE!!!! with B/Spoke’s Earn Your Slash Challenge and I’m loved doing it!

I’ve previously mentioned before about my new-found love of spinning and how I was taking this challenge on this month. I wanted to document this challenge similarly to my previous Whole30’s so I have been tracking each class with IG pics and recapping my classes progress.

The requirements in completing the Earn Your Slash Challenge running from October 5th through November 5th 11th*:






*Midway through the challenge they updated the end date as they ran out of punchcards so they wanted to make sure everyone had their card and knew of the challenge. yay!

So here is recap on my rides 9-15!

Ride 9

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Wednesday, October 28th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Katherine

Another great class with Katherine!

I am really loving these mid week lunch time classes. It feels good to get away from my desk and do something good for myself. I can easily sucked into

Overall, I’m really glad to be doing this challenge as it reminds me of my previous Whole30’s and now I conquered them. I like the challenge, and documenting it since it makes me feel good to check off each class and note how I did and felt after each one.

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Ride 10

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Friday, October 30th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Aly

Of course Aly looks amazing in costume after teaching class! Ha!

They changed the end date for the challenge so it now runs through the 11th, so that takes a lot of pressure off me to complete the challenge by the 5th. yes!

I really liked Aly’s class. It made me feel great leaving and ending my work week with that. Plus, how can you not enjoy a class taught by a cat?!?

Ride 11

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Friday, November 6th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Aly

Woohoo!! Price came with me so I fulfilled my challenge requirement to bring a person of the opposite sex with you to class!!

Anyway, bummed it was a week between classes but I had to cancel 2 classes between my last one and this. Bad timing for one and a pukey kid for the other.

Since you’ve been reading about my spinning experiences, I figure I’ll have Price write a recap this time…

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And then after class Price and I grabbed smoothies (which I threw up… stupid stomach bug). And Price gave me a flower 🙂

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Ride 12

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Sunday, November 8th @ 9.30am R/DE 45

Instructor: Natalie

I was on target with finishing the challenge a few days before the end date, but things got messed up the week prior so I am not jamming in 4 classes in 4 days. Oh boy!

Super bummed my stats were low this class. I was working really hard for this but I still felt sluggish so I gotta push even harder next time! (Or maybe the recording of the stats recording was started a bit late?!?)

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Ride 13

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Monday, November 9th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Ali P

I love how every teacher has their own style from pace to choreography to music. It was my first class with Ali P and I really enjoyed it. Her instruction was clear and I liked the choreography that she did with the class.

I really, really pushed myself this class. I felt strong and enjoyed it. I cranked up the resistance and pushed through. My legs felt like jello at the end. It was hard and awesome.

The Stats didn’t work as I didn’t get them and I’m bummed about it since I wanted to see how it ranked compared to other classes.

Ride 14

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Tuesday, November 10th @ 5.30am DAWN R/DE

Instructor: Natalie

As part of the challenge, you need to complete 2 of the 3 ‘challenge rides’, and since I had done the HOT R/DE I decided to do the DAWN R/DE instead of the R/DE 60 as I was thinking it would be too intense for me. The length of time and the teacher, Kelsey, would be too much for me.

In the end, I’m glad I did what I did but the 5.30am spin class is not for me. I’m a morning person, but that is too much, too early for me. Live and learn.

I’ve been having a rough week so I was in a real pity party mood. Since I was struggling in class with a stiff, thirsty (I had water with me!) I fell into a bad head space with everything bugging me that

Also, my stats are laughable. ugh.

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Ride 15

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Wednesday, November 11th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Natalie


I am so excited to have completed the challenge.

Plus, I feel great that I did it on a high note, after the previous class. While I was tired, I feel that it was a good class. I’ve had better classes when I’ve pushed myself more, but I was okay to accept what I could push myself with as it was my 4th class in 4th days.

My legs are tired but my arms are tired and slow. I felt a beat behind everyone as my arms just felt slow moving at times. I skipped some of the choreography, which I hate to do, but I felt like I needed to give myself a break as I was dragging. At least I did it!!

Stats, oh stats, where did you go? They never processed, or whatever. Such a bummer.


Check out my recaps on my first 8 rides in the challenge!


Earn Your Slash Challenge @ B/Spoke Studios – Update #1


I’m halfway done with B/Spoke’s Earn Your Slash Challenge and I’m loving it!

I’ve previously mentioned before about my new-found love of spinning and how I was taking this challenge on this month. I wanted to document this challenge similarly to my previous Whole30’s so I have been tracking each class with IG pics and recapping my classes progress.

The requirements in completing the Earn Your Slash Challenge running from October 5th through November 5th:






So here is a little update on my progress so far!

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Ride 1

Wednesday, October 7th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Katherine

I am so amped to start the Earn Your Slash Challenge. I bought a 25 class package to use for this month, and beyond.

It was a great class to get back into spinning after the month off. Plus, it was just mentally good to start off on a new journey.

I screwed up the damn stats counter so I have no data. Really annoyed with myself!

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Ride 2

Friday, October 9th @ 6.30am R/DE 45

Instructor: Natalie

My legs were sluggish this morning. Maybe it was the time or the kind of work out or just because, but I felt off rhythm. However, I did more resistance than I normally go, so that felt good/horrible.

Natalie had a lot of ‘jumps/touch backs’ in the class (when you go from standing up to sitting back in the saddle, to going back up again) which are my least favorite move. I just don’t like them, I need to get over it. ha!!

Near the end of class we did 2 sprints, which I loved so much.  You just pump as fast and hard as you can. I loved the intensity of those bursts.

Glad I got the workout done before work. yay!!

I screwed up the damn stats counter AGAIN. DAMN IT

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Ride 3

Saturday, October 10th @ 8.30am R/DE45

Instructor: Kelsey

Kelsey’s energy is so intense. I loved it. She really amps you up with her enthusiasm and music selection.

I struggled with this class as Kelsey had a lot of ‘choreography’ related to arms in, arms out, touch back, right arm out, left arm out, double touch back, etc, etc. I’m just not coordinated enough for that shit. I was trying to keep up but it was getting discouraging. Don’t get me wrong, the class was great, just tough for me.

I got the stats counter to work but I honestly think the reading was off a bit as I was busting my ass and my counts (calorie) were way off (less) than my previous reads. We’ll see what happens in future readings.

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Ride 4

Wednesday, October 14th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Katherine

I had originally thought I would take a class on Monday, but due to a presentation deadline at work, I couldn’t take any extra time out of my day to go. And then I figured I would go Tuesday, but that didn’t shake out either.

Anyway, my ride on Wednesday was tough as I was feeling really bad with a cough. I’m glad I didn’t cancel the class though as I’m trying to stay focused on the challenge. I figured it would be better to go and try it and take it easy than just cancel it. Glad I did!

There were a few issues I was experiencing with during the class, one in particular was that my right foot was cramping during class. I spoke with Katherine after class about it and she suggested that I loosen the straps on my foot a bit to see if that would help… it did for ride #5! I highly suggest you get to know your class teachers to talk to them about how you are feeling and for any tips and trips for a better workout.

Messed up Stats reading… FML

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Ride 5

Thursday, October 15th @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Natalie

What a difference 24 hours makes!

I felt so lousy on Wednesday, but I was feeling so much better during this ride. I was coughing less and I was not as short of breath.

Most of all I am glad that I am a 3rd of the way done, yay!!! And I got the damn stats counter working. Double yay!! And these seem much more accurate than my previous stats.

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Ride 6

Monday, October 19th @ 7.15pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Katie

I stayed late at work so I went to class after work (and then back to work again!)  I liked Katie’s teaching/class style so it was fun to meet her and try out one of her classes when I otherwise wouldn’t be able to with my schedule.

Oh the hills, the hills are alive with killing my legs. UGH! It was a tough class, but good.

I was told the stats counting didn’t start tracking until a few minutes into class so it was a little lower than it should have been, but great to have this info anyway.

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Ride 7

Wednesday, October 21st @ 12.00pm R/DE 45

Instructor: Katherine

The Wednesday lunch time routine is becoming really nice. I’m actually planning on continuing that schedule after the challenge as I really like Katherine’s classes.

The woman directly in front of me was kinda doing her own thing for part of the class, which was driving me crazy. I understand we need to modify things but it didn’t seem like she was interested in following along for portions of the class, like she didn’t do any isolation’s or followed along to the pace at times, like going fast at slow times and slow at fast times. It was like seeing something out of the corner of you eye that you aren’t supposed to see so it was distracting, in a dumb way.

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Ride 8

Saturday, October 24th @ 12.30 Hot R/DE

Instructor: Aly

So I was a sweaty hot mess after this class! ha!!

Holy hell, it was hot up in there!!! Def fun to do one of the challenge rides for the Earn Your Slash Challenge. It was hard but a good hard. I cranked the shower on the coldest setting that I could after class.

I have struggled before with doing sprints out of the seat, and I struggled again this time and was really fed up with it so the 2nd time we did sprints I just stayed in the seat. I figure that if would be better to modify the workout, like how they do in workout videos, to be able to give the sprint my all than slow my pace. I just loose my momentum and my legs get choppy, I don’t know if it’s my knees or my hips but it just isn’t working. SUCKS!

Also, I wore shorts since it was the HOT R/DE and I hated it. Never ever again.

No stats since I had to switch bikes at the beginning of class. Someone left one of their shoe on one of the pedals, and I couldn’t get it off, Ali yanked it off for me, but I don’t know if there was something wrong with the pedal clips as I could NOT get clipped in. I hopped to the bike next to me so no tracking of stats. Oh well.


Woohoo! More than half way done!!

I’ll follow up with more of my progress soon!