Trek Women
January 16, 2008

Very beastly indeed…

Trek_rider2_023It’s 5:20 am and I’m tossing my bedroom in search of my bike shoes with the SPD clips, as usual. Found ‘em, under the suitcase I have yet to put away. Make mental note to not be such a slob in 2008. Chug a mug of instant espresso and head on over to the Marine Barracks to teach my very first 60-min indoor cycling class!

Boy, was I nervous. It took me about two hours to plan my ride with the music. As you all know from previous whinings, there’s nothing that I hate more than sucky music when I take a class. #1 goal: don’t suck. Then, I was worried no one would show up. But -- hooray -- I had five people come and for three of them, it was their first time spinning. They hung in there like, uhh, troopers. #2 goal: make it challenging and safe for everyone. Last, but certainly not least, after traveling for the past month, I’m feeling really out of shape. #3 goal: don’t suck wind and fall off the bike.

The good news is that I didn’t pass out and I think everyone had a fun work out. Though, we’ll see if anyone’s calling me a beast when we do it all again on Friday morning. (Mental note: set out bike shoes with the SPD clips on Thursday night.)

Spin junkies, if you’ve got a drill or tunes you love for climbing or intervals, post a comment with your favorites!!


I am anxious to go to one of these classes. How does it work for the beginners?

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Jan 17, 2008 11:55:08 AM

Hi Marie,
For a long time, I feared doing spin because I thought it would be too hard for me. What I've realized is that you've just got to jump in start somewhere. Get to your first class 10 minutes early and ask the instructor to help you properly set up your bike.

Always remember that it's your work out and your body. If an exercise is maybe too advanced for your current fitness level, go at a slower pace or easier resistance that you can handle. It shouldn't cause you pain ever. Don't feel pressured by the group dynamics. But, do challege yourself over time to improve. You'll be surprised at how far you've come.

The best thing is to try out different instructors and find someone you like. It's fun when you get to be a class regular, then it's like hanging out with your sweaty friends. I say go for it!

Posted by: Laura | Jan 17, 2008 1:26:19 PM

We did one the other day that was challenging. There were 5 sets. We did a standing hill climb at level 9, hover at level seven, sitting hill climb at level 8 and a sprint at 6. There was no rest between sets. The amount of time on each level varied each set. I can't rememeber exactly the times for each set, butI believe we always were on level 9 a minimum of 1 minute. The hover never went more than 40 seconds and the final sprint on the final set was 1 minute.

Posted by: Kendra | Jan 19, 2008 1:04:08 PM

Hi Kendra,
Ooooh, I like that combination!!! Sounds very devious, which is how I like it. I'll try it on the guys tomorrow morning and tell you how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion, keep 'em coming.


Posted by: Laura | Jan 21, 2008 10:52:05 AM

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