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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-18-12, 03:43 PM   #1
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When it's way 2 hot 2 ride!

Wednesday was way to hot for me to get my ride in so I sought comfort at a local gym. I chose to do a 45 minute spinning class. I loved the music selection 80's rock!

This was my very first spinning class, the instructor was actually a friend of my husbands, they're part of the some mountain biking group, anyway, she helped me set my bike to proper fit and quickly shared with me about proper posture.

We started off with warm-up fly ways and did some, intervals, which mimic rolling hills, hill climbs and more fly- ways( backing off the tension and let her rip) of coarse we did a cool down and stretch afterward. It went well, I was able to keep up despite not being able to hear the instructor clearly due to loud music and big fans blowing.

Today I went back for a 60 minute spinning class. It was much like Wednesday's, but new instructor, playlist (bummer "country") and we had steeper incline crank up the tension. It felt good afterwards I feel very relaxed may even take a nap. These classes will help my cardio and give me opportunity to ride when outside weather is bad.
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Old 08-18-12, 03:55 PM   #2
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nice! I am glad you liked spinning. For me, I think spinning and I hate each other. We dont play well in the sandbox!

For hot weather riding, start early if you can. Around 6 am works great. PREHYDRATION is key which starts the day or two before the ride. Then on the bike nutrition is key too. The heat sometimes will slow you down and that OK and if you wanna take a break under a shaded tree, thats alright!
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Old 08-18-12, 06:56 PM   #3
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Yes, I know all about hot weather riding. That particular day, I could only ride in the evening due to work, the outside temp. that day at 5:30 p.m was 99 degrees! Way to hot for me to ride, I suffered a mild heat stroke when I was much younger and ever since then I don't tolerate the extreme heat very well. I chose to play it safe! The gym offered shelter from the heat, air conditioning and medically train personnel. So for me it was a good choice. I do enjoy riding outdoors, being out in nature it's my 1st choice.
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Old 08-18-12, 07:23 PM   #4
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I ride when it's even 110 with the heat index, doesn't seem to bother me. As long as I'm moving, I'm good. I hydrate well in this kind of weather.

But I also love my Spin Bike. I hit the spin bike when the weather is bad, aka rain. I have a whole series of DVD's by Spinervals, and it makes it go fast. Last winter was the first one with the Spin bike, and I came into spring very strong. I have my Spin bike set up exactly like my bicycles, with the same pedals, seat, etc. My Spin bike is MUCH harder than riding my bicycles...there is NO coasting on the spinner. The 50lb wheel is a direct connect to the pedals. Try to stop pedaling, and it will toss you over the bars
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Old 08-18-12, 09:36 PM   #5
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I get up at 4am and try and be back before 11am. That way the worst of the heat is avoided. It does mean that after about 9am the pace suffers and I have to drink A LOT of water, but it can be done in the middle of a Korean Summer.

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Todays ride... luckily it was overcast and that helped, but the pace did suffer compared to a cooler. day.
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Old 08-18-12, 11:29 PM   #6
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Did you say "hot" and "oregon" in the same sentence? Hm.

Regardless, spin can be a fun way to augment your fitness routine. My wife enjoys it so much we got her a spin bike of her very own. I just find that I'm way too likely to cheat on that tension bar. That, and I'd rather ride outside in almost any condition.
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Old 08-19-12, 04:35 AM   #7
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Did you say "hot" and "oregon" in the same sentence? Hm.

Regardless, spin can be a fun way to augment your fitness routine. My wife enjoys it so much we got her a spin bike of her very own. I just find that I'm way too likely to cheat on that tension bar. That, and I'd rather ride outside in almost any condition.
They have been having a "heat" wave lately.

Darn, I miss Oregon and Washington. We have same temps but 90 plus percent humidity. Yuk!
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During the summer months I try to be on the road by 4:30 am. The temps at the time are usually mid 80's so the heat isn't such a problem. The humidity is also usually in the low to mid 80's, too, though, and that's where things get sucky. And the bright side, it's super, super easy to get a good sweat going (all you have to do is go outside and stand there for 30 seconds, lol) but, because there's no evaporative effect, it's almost impossible to stop sweating and actually cool down. Hydration and electrolytes are king. You do what ya gotta do. I've been wanting an indoor Spin Bike for awhile, now. Trying to save my pennies to get one.
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90s and it is no longer fun for me. Id rather skip riding and hit the treadmill. I am going to try spin classes this winter.
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Did you say "hot" and "oregon" in the same sentence? Hm.

Regardless, spin can be a fun way to augment your fitness routine. My wife enjoys it so much we got her a spin bike of her very own. I just find that I'm way too likely to cheat on that tension bar. That, and I'd rather ride outside in almost any condition.
It kind if depends where you are in Oregon...much like Washington where East of Cascades has very different climate from the Western side
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Old 08-19-12, 09:42 AM   #11
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I've tried spin classes before but I can't stand them because I have really bad knees. When they ask us to stand up and 'climb' I have to quit really early. I can usually keep up with everything else though.
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Old 08-19-12, 09:56 AM   #12
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I've tried spin classes before but I can't stand them because I have really bad knees. When they ask us to stand up and 'climb' I have to quit really early. I can usually keep up with everything else though.
I have bad knees, I just don't stand if I can't. I still finish the routines. I don't care what others think.
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Old 10-31-12, 10:32 PM   #14
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Following up on moochem's Necro-post, I love hot weather. My body seriously does so much better a job at cooling itself than it does in heating itself. I'm totally fine riding in 105 temps, but when it gets around 55, even after cranking it doesn't feel like my body wants to become warm. I guess that's a Californian for ya.
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