To prepare for my 24-minute running adventure, I carb-loaded. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t necessary but I’m a born-again runner and I’m relearning the rules.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve started to run again. Like outside. On the ground. Not on a special space machine.  I’m pretty appreciative of this development.

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I had been crushing on SLT for a long time before I signed up for my first class. I don’t know what took so long.  I think my hesitancy was driven by the price tag. At $40 a class, SLT costs a few more buckaroos than the already pretty pricey classes I attend regularly.

Despite that, it’s still competitive to nab a spot. I had to sign up a few weeks in advance to go to the Flatiron location.

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Last Saturday I rode my bike from my apartment on the West Side, through Central Park and then all the way down Park Avenue to the Brooklyn Bridge. And back.

How was I able to do that? Because I am a biking goddess! And because the NYC DOT closes Park Avenue to car traffic from 7am to 1pm the first three Saturdays in August in a festival called Summer Streets.

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Around Christmas I bought a 5-class pack to Epic Hybrid Training on Amazon Local. My ankle was still pretty bad, but at $10 a class with six months to use it, it seemed worth it. Matt bought one too. It sounded like a nice thing to do together. (Spoiler alert: we’ve only gone together once.)

So what is Epic Hybrid Training? It’s a studio with two NY locations that’s set up to prepare students to kick ass at Spartan Races. (You know those races where warrior-like humans crawl under barbed wire and through mud?)

Not this kind of Spartan:

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