What can I say? I survived it. 20 minutes of chugging along with the resistance set to 7 (whatever that may mean), dripping sweat, and failing not to breathe heavily all the time. I suppose that means the programme might work for spinning, too. At times I dropped it to level 6 when my heart rate went too high.
One of the things l liked about running with music is that I can't hear myself breathing over it. For a while I tried to rasp less harshly as I struggled along, so the woman on the bicycle next door would not feel like she was having to deal with the wrong kind of telephone call while she got her exercise done, but eventually she took all my grunts, coughs, and complaints as licence to be a bit less cool, herself, and started hacking up phlegm, and occasionally swearing as well. From then on, the spin went very nicely. No more pressure to do anything other than just keep turning those wheels till the number 5:00 appeared on the screen.
With the back trouble, I've also been trying to make myself stay afloat in the local pool for as long as I can possibly endure it for the last few days, and was able to continue with this today. However, even though I took care to try and avoid as much sun as possible (including my first return to the paddling pool in decades, to hide in the shade of a palm that grows there) I seem to have picked up sunburn. Funny, that. It started just in the neck, which is exposed above the water, and everywhere else was OK. However, now that my neck has decided to be burnt, my shoulders seem to have joined in. And maybe the upper arms, too. It's almost as if the adjacent areas of skin have waited for permission to follow suite. Hope it doesn't develop into too bad a case. Must remember the sunblock next time.
I may be fooling myself, but it feels like the immersion with activity is really helping that back. I don't even have numb toes from this session now in front of the computer. A fairly small amount of time should tell.