I’m standing in the cycle room of my gym and shit is about to get real. Up to this point we’ve just been using the spin bike for recovery workouts after runs, today there are RPMs to worry about. Steve (my coach) put in my workout notes “shoot for above 75RPMs, 80 would be awesome, 85 would be outstanding” for this first workout.
Spinning is not the most interesting of workouts – I think that if they want a slogan they might consider “Spinning – when running isn’t mind-numbingly boring enough.” Also my gym seems to air condition every room but the spin room so it’s often ridiculously hot on top of being like watching a particularly boring shade of paint dry. Basically I start wanting to get off the bike about 2 minutes after I get on. But if I wanted to be entertained I would have stayed home and watched movies so I listen to my ass kicking playlist or podcasts, whatever it takes to keep me on the bike. It turns out that the RPM goal (instead of just a time goal) helps make things more exciting.
I figure the odds are that I have to not suck at, well, at least one of the triathlon disciplines. Since I (at least currently) suck at running and swimming, biking better be it. So I shot for 85 RPMs for the 45 minutes.
And I succeeded.
I know that the rides will get longer, the cadence will get faster and the resistance will get higher, and that it will be very different when I get on the real bike, but for now I’m claiming the win on this spin.
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Way to go!
I HATED my first spin workout for the reasons you mention. Then I started bringing “Slow, Fat Triathlete” to read, and the workouts are over too soon!
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Inspiring! This will totally be worth it! 🙂
Inspiring! Love reading your blog 🙂
Oops! Sorry. The first one didn’t show up! Eek! Embarrassing!
congradulations Ragen, soooo very proud of you!