So. I've been going to spinning class several times per week now, which I've been just loving. I like my spinning shoes a lot - I can tell that they're making a difference with strengthening my whole leg - hamstrings and quads; and I feel like my pedaling is more efficient. My toes have been numb a lot, though.
I asked one of my teachers what was up with the numb toes. She said that it's likely I've been pointing my toes while pedaling. Figures. I point my toes when I do everything. Twenty years of ballet just makes some things engrained. When I used to ride on the tube behind my parents' boat, my mom would always tell me I was pointing my toes the whole time. :)
My teacher suggested to really try to lead with the arch of my foot, instead of my toes. I tried that last night, and it didn't improve things a whole lot. A guy in my class suggested I adjust the cleat on the bottom of my shoe; so I might try to do that today. Adjusting it forward a bit might force me to lead more with my arch.
I think I also need to get new sport socks. I've been wearing the kinds I jog in, but they've been rubbing my feet weird in my spinning shoes. There's this one seam that's been bugging me. Last night before class, I whipped out an old ballet remedy - toe tape:
The toe tape did the trick. And will have to do the trick until I can afford new, seamless workout socks. :)