Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Bikes: Fuji Cross Comp, BMC SR02
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Haven't ridden today, but gave my new trainer (Kurt Kinetic) a spin yesterday morning instead of going on the group ride (still treading snot in a sea of mucus). Used a Sufferfest video I downloaded ("The Hunted"). A self-administered total butt kicking.
I do pretty good on exercise machines, can zone out and just go. But using the video was far more effective than I would be just spinning, and the Sufferfest series are only $11.95 each (or some discounted price if you purchase all 8). I was very satisfied with the intensity of the workout - two towels worth. Not nearly as fun as the group ride would have been, but it was a very intense hour.
I like the sufferfest vids because they base the level of effort on your perceived effort on a scale one to ten. You don't spend much time below 7 after warmup. But no powermeter, heart rate monitor, cadence meter, etc required. I use my speedometer to gage effort a bit, coupled with a quick six-second count to get approximate cadence when you need to spin fast per the "coach." Shortly going to finish another couple of chores and then climb aboard again.