St. Louis Central Gyrotonic

Yesterday, we embarked upon a new fitness regime. It is called gyrotonics and it involves the use of these pictured machines. We had our initial meet and greet, with Anne the proprietor. We’ve known Anne for years. We’ve ridden together on Team Kaldi’s, our Bike-MS charity team. She and her husband Chris are now co-captains of that team. In this first session we were evaluated and taught a few exercises. What is gyrotonics? After only one brief session, I don’t feel qualified to answer that question. It is the season for new year’s resolutions and this one is ours. Today though, I am feeling even that abbreviated workout.

In conjunction with gyrotonics, we plan on renewing our joint love affair with bicycling. We are planning two tours this year. The first is Cycle Zydeco. This four-day ride through rural Louisiana boasts bicycling by day and dancing at night. The ride coincides with a local Cajun festival. Other Team Kaldi’s friends talked us into this event and will join us. The other tour that we are planning is the MUP. This is a week-long tour. We’ve done this Yooper ride in the past and have seen it many more times as the riders annually pass the Cabin, but this year will be different. This year the ride shifts west and will loop through the center part of the UP. Weather permitting, we will also do the Bike-MS ride here in St. Louis. Last year’s ride was blown away by the remnants of a passing hurricane.

This all sounds like rather a lot to bite off and as we all know, most new year’s resolutions usually don’t go very far. But we’ve already put money down and most of it is something that we have done before. Today, taking advantage of the ever more frequent mid-winter thaws, we both got out on the bikes. It was only for a brief turn around the park, but it is a start. It is a new year after all!

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