Conquering Fall and fantastic Birthday adventures…

It really was the perfect birthday day.

It is the recent birthday tradition with the fella that he gets me a class of something I love: a class with one of my favorite teachers who inspire me.  Last year, it was Sadie Nardini, the amazing yoga teacher that I love, and this year it was Holly Rilinger at Flywheel. Holly was the perfect choice.  As she began to really get into the class, she started yelling at us to “conquer the Fall”, to see what you want and get it, know what you want and go. I was in the zone, all “hell, yeah” this is it. I am going to make it happen this year! Ok, admittedly at first I thought she was yelling to get the ball. To focus on what you want when entering a new season and GET IT. Knowing Holly was a former pro-ball player, I was like ok, I can get behind this analogy but after a little bit I was like…. oh FALL…. of course that makes much more sense with what she was talking about. Either way, really, it was perfect for me on the morning of my birthday.  Last year was about being myself, but THIS year is about doing.  I love when a choice for inspiration really is the right one. Holly’s class was the perfect thing on the morning of my birthday – it was not just about being a great workout (come on, it IS Flywheel and Holly, it is always going to be an awesome workout) but for me, it was also an inspiring workout. It was funny though, I ran into a friend of mine at Lululemon, who was stunned I worked out on my birthday. STUNNED. It really never occurred to me NOT to workout on my birthday. It really was more of what great class will I treat myself too??

After my amazing workout, I went home to meet up with the fella, who had also taken the day off. He made us a big brunch before we headed off to wander around Brooklyn. It was a beautiful day and we didn’t plan anything other than a good, solid walking around before heading to BK Boulders.  It is so nice to be back climbing, even if really I am not remotely where I was a few months ago skill-wise. It was still a blast. A few hours later we headed out to go to our favorite bar before Happy Hour ended… ahh, one of the unsung joys of working out lots:  a few drinks without any of the guilt!

After a late night birthday plea, because I had forgotten to sign up for my Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp class, I woke up the next morning early and headed to the bridge. I got there in plenty of time for a beautiful morning on the bridge. It wasn’t super crowded, it wasn’t super hot and was just all in all perfect.

24 hours of perfection. Great workouts, good people, and a beautiful city to start out my new year. Does it get better than that?

(Top photo: random goodness from the internet, bottom photo: Sipping iced coffee on the Brooklyn streets on the sunny, beautiful day that was my Birthday)