I once had a job interview where I was asked “what type of manager do you like?”
I wanted to say “one who lets me do as little as possible!” but instead replied “One who I’m scared of. I perform better when someone is shouting at me than one someone is being very nice.”
I remembered this whilst doing a Spin Class. The normal instructor was away. She’s a nice girl who gives very clear and easy to follow instructions. I enjoy her class and always get a good workout.
This week a man turned up. He was shaven headed, covered in tattoo’s and looked like he’d just left prison. Not the type of man who be released from prison but the type of man who would broken out!
He took one look at us and immediately shouted “Level 19 and a cadence of 100!”
This was going to be hard. The girl normally says “Level 12 but take it at your own pace”
“Level 20!” F**k – I’d only just got used to level 19
“LEVEL 21! I’ll Know if you’re slacking!” How does he know? Can he tell that sometime I put my hand over the switch to turn it up but only pretend to move it?
“LEVEL 22!!!” There’s sweat everywhere. In my eyes, matting my hair and dripping on the floor. I hope my bike floats as the pool of sweat is going to be deep.
“LEVEL 23!!!” I’m dying.
“LEVEL 24!!!” The man next to me can no longer turn his pedals. I can barely move mine. This can’t get any harder
“NOW SPRINT!!!!” It got harder.
At the end of the class I hated the instructor but he did make me work harder and better than I ever have in any other class.
So for Norseman I will adopt the shout at Andrew approach! “SPRIIIIIIIIINNNNTTTT!”