The first 5 minutes of spin, like the first shift in hockey, always winds you the most. It takes a short interval of time for your cardio to kick in. The heart has to wake up. It has to go, what the heck, oh yeah this again, I remember this.
Your “second wind” comes earlier if you’re in good shape. If not, it takes much longer. Recovery time is how to measure conditioning. Be positive, but be honest with yourself too.
Working out is an exercise in breathing. Whether you realize it or not, you learn to breath properly in a gym, and later, climbing the stairs, you go to the same place. A personal trainer is always reminding his client to breath, and instructing how and when to inhale and exhale in an efficient manner.
Muscles need oxygen. In resistance training, you exhale on exertion, the hard part. In yoga it’s the opposite, you inhale on the hard part. Either way you breathe deeply, and in a regular pattern. Yoga is much about relaxing the breath and breathing with awareness.
In spin, it’s tricky to breathe during a 30 second sprint. You’re tendency is to hold your breath. But to last the full 30 seconds you have grab a couple of breaths at least to finish. When out of breath, try this: take a deep breath and hold it for a couple seconds. Give it a little time to be absorb by the walls of the lungs and you’ll recovery faster.
For a batter to bat, or a golfer to swing, or a pitcher to pitch, or a hockey player to shoot, or yoga-person holding a pose, mastering breath is integral to success. For all of us, breath can be used to alleviate pain, mental stress and anxiety.
So breathe easy. And be aware of breathing easy.