The Virtual Historian
Sunday I visited a different gym to try it out. They had some stationary bikes by Expresso, which featured a computer screen in front of the rider displaying different bike paths. I thought, "this is silly, so let's try it for a minute." So I climbed onto the saddle, chose the "Evening Bliss" ride, and began pedaling.
My stats tell the rest of the story:
Average speed 13.5 MPH
Heart rate - Average 120, max 156
Power - Average 110 watts, max 399
It was amazing. I generally don't perspire much while riding outside, but here I was dripping sweat. As I came up to the virtual riders, I pedaled faster to get around them. I may have even said, "on your left" once or twice.
Once "Evening Bliss" was complete, I chose "Fruitdale", which sets the bike path along a California beach. Again I revved up what little motor I have. And again I found my long-dormant competitive instincts coming out. As I passed a large virtual cyclist, I turned and asked, "where's Gina?"
I stopped after the 7.43 miles because I was tired, and the saddle was uncomfortable - I wasn't wearing bike shorts. Also, as usual, the bike's Q-factor was too narrow for my feet. As I climbed off the bike I noticed my t shirt was very damp.
Some points that came out from this experience:
1. I'm very out of shape, even by my standards.
2. I have a competitive streak I need to exercise more.
3. If I can find the right bike fit, or the right bike, there's nothing I can't do.
4. When I ride, I need to push myself harder. On tour and commuting I don't 'drop the hammer', because I'm sightseeing and because, in the case of commuting, my work doesn't have shower facilities. So as I try to get back in shape this riding season I need to work on sprints and other drills to make me a faster cyclist.
Downtown Spanky Brown
Sounds like a fun diversion to help slog out the miles on stationary equipment. So far the best my gym has to offer is a bank of televisions set to Fox News and CNN. It's really hard to push that last mile while watching the O'Reily factor.
Also, I too sweat like a wh_re in church at the gym.
Spin classes. If your gym has them, I'd recommend them. I enjoyed it so much that I now lead/teach classes at my gym. You will push yourself to new limits in these classes.
Spin classes and me have been a marriage made in heck. Last time I was in one I fell off the bike. Between that and being the answer man for back trouble, I've avoided them since.
Originally Posted by Snapperhead
Besides, I'd need to add extenders to the pedals every time I use a spin bike. I'll need to keep a pedal wrench in my gym bag.
Good points. I certianly wouldn't recommend them for people who already have knee and/or back problems. And the bikes are not all that adjustable.
Originally Posted by The Historian