Spinning in her spare time
Last year my husband opened a state-of-the-art fitness facility. He needed candidates for a group-cycling certification program and still had a vacant spot on the day of training. As co-owner of the gym, I felt obligated to fill the seat—literally.
I teach intense 30-minute classes at least three times a week. The class I teach is called X-biking and simulates mountain biking. I like teaching better than just attending the class because I'm a control freak. When I'm teaching, I get to pick the music and I know when the hills start (and, more importantly, when they're ending). And as the instructor, I don't have an excuse to skip class.After a full day of working at my veterinary practice you'd think I'd be too tired to ride, but the music and exercise energize me and help me blow off steam. A surprising benefit has been that my previous public speaking phobia is gone. Now I don't mind yelling and encouraging fellow cyclists even with a microphone in front of me.
My hobby has helped me become a better veterinarian, boss, wife, and parent. I'm healthier than I've ever been. I even offer my team members half off the monthly membership dues at the gym as an employee benefit—and most of them take me up on it.
—Wendy B. King, DVM Veterinary Medicine & Surgery; Lugoff, S.C.