First One in Class?

So I have a confession to make–I tend to run late….

Now, when it’s something important like a job interview or a meeting, I am pretty punctual but if it’s something else that I have going on I usually cut the timing right down to the wire unless…. it’s a group fitness class.  Kind of weird…I know!

I am obnoxiously early to just about every group fitness class I take because it is so important for me to be front row center, get all the equipment necessary, and not feel rushed.

Yesterday, I woke up early and tried my first group fitness at the Colorado Athletic Club and sure enough, I was the first person in my indoor cycling class.

indoor cycling

Because I was the only person in the room for quite some time, I even went up to the front desk to make sure I was in the right place.  Luckily, I was and soon enough more people joined the class.

indoor cycling

The indoor cycling class was great and different from anything I have ever experienced because there was a large projector screen at the front of the room that displayed various road and trail scenes to give the illusion that we were actually riding our bikes through terrain.  I loved it!

After indoor cycling, I came home, showered up, and ate breakfast quickly so Brian and I could walk to the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market.

cherry creek farmer's market

Before we stopped at the market, we stopped at one of our favorite fancy Colorado coffee shops-Aviano.

I got my usual:  cold brew with room for almond milk and stevia.  So good!!

iced coffee tara

Brian and I had a great time walking around the market and sampling lots of goodies.  There were less stands with fresh produce and more stands with homemade goods, so it was different than most farmer’s markets I have been to.

cherry creek farmer's market

One of the first booth’s we stopped at was Plum Delectable.

These ladies were so fun and happy and their food was delicious!  Their specialties included meals in a jar (we sampled an amazing cherry almond quinoa salad!), jams, jellies, and infused vinegars.

After sampling several of their goodies, Brian and I decided that the Blackberry Adobo Jam would be fun to experiment with in the kitchen.

plum cherry creek farmer's market

The sweetness of the blackberry really paired well and smoothed out the smokiness and spice of the adobo.  So tasty!

plum cherry creek farmer's market

After walking home from the market, it was time for lunch so I whipped up a green salad full of romaine, arugula, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, celery, quinoa, sprouts, and hummus.  I thoroughly enjoyed this salad outside on our balcony :)

lunch salad

After doing some computer work and getting things done around the house, I rinsed out my first batch of homemade chickpeas.  They are so good and easy to make…I don’t know that I will ever go back to purchasing canned.  Seriously, they are delicious.

chickpeas

I then headed out to CorePower Yoga for a Fusion class.

corepower yoga

Again…I was the first one there :)

corepower yoga

The class was fantastic and just what I needed after an intense indoor cycling class.  I’ve still got a few more days left in my free trial, but I will make sure to give a full review of CorePower Yoga.

After sweating my little tushy off and biking home, I cleaned up and prepared a salad with my yummy homemade chickpeas for dinner.

Italian Chickpea Salad

I’ll share that recipe with ya later today! :)

We ended the night at a fun bar, pizza place literally right down the street called Nicolo’s for a night of Trivia.

trivia night

Out of about 13 teams, we tied for 8th…not too shabby for first timers!  I’m pretty sure we’ll be adding this to our weekly rotation of events.

And that was my day in a nutshell!

Question of the Day:

  • Are you an early or a late person?
  • When you attend group fitness classes, do you like to be the first one there?

Comments

  1. Ah I am always always early! I especially can’t stand being late to group fitness classes, I feel all discombobulated. How cool that the spin class had the screens up! That’d be awesome to try.
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  2. Ahh, I am just loving all of your Denver posts! I am living vicariously through you ;) Thanks for the heads up on the chickpeas too. I have never made them homemade, but it sounds like I should start!
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  3. Two exercise classes in one day?!!? Isn’t that a bit excessive…

    • Tara Deal says:

      The yoga class I went to last night was a Yoga Fusion class. The instructors at the studio recommended doing the Fusion class after an indoor cycling class because the fusion class focuses on opening the shoulders, hips, and spine. I made sure to listen to my body and didn’t push myself too hard :)

  4. Denver sounds fun! And healthy! I wish that I could bike places!

  5. So delectable! That seems to be amazing.
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