Winter is not a good time for cycling over here. Used to be but the weather has changed somewhat over the past 10 years or so. We are getting wetter and windier weather and cold has come in aswell over the last one. With that in mind- I recently re-joined the gym so I can get some exercise in. I have only done one ride since Christmas and that was last Saturday with a 20 mph wind- temp of around freezing and sleet. Although it did at times take some motivation to keep riding instead of finding a short cut home- I did not fare too badly or rather not as bad as I expected.
I can only put that down to that gym work. Billydon has been posting about the velo garage crew and I think this is spurring me on to get some effective spinning sessions down at the gym. I had not intended to get into spinning classes as much as I have but tomorrow will be my 3rd one this week. Ride last Saturday-Cardio at the gym Monday- Spinning Tuesday and Wednesday- today off and tomorrow spinning again. I am not finding them addictive but now I have settles into them- they are not too bad.
They are an easy class to do. Not like Cardio where it is only me telling me how hard to work- and there is the option of slacking off a bit----or a lot as I have found out. The spinning classes have very few empty spaces and a couple of the instructors are good. One I do not like and one is not bad. Tomorrow is a good one.
I am trying to measure an improvement on each session and I am glad to say it is happening. The lessons are 1 hour long and I get the "Computer" zero'd at the start of each session. 1st session and I managed 480 calories- pulled a maximum gear (Take that as resistance) of 18 out of the 24 available and managed that at a cadence of 65 up a "Hill" for 7 minutes. Flat spinning was at 12 to 14 with a cadence of 100 to 110 and the maximum watts pulled were about 165. Yesterday and 540 calories- gear of 18 but with cadence of 80 on the hill for 13 minutes. Flat spinning was 16 at a cadence of 100 to 105 and max watts pulled was 205. Not the best session I have had and I do think that some of the bikes measure differently but Yesterdays session and I felt a marked improvement.
So how many of you have been spinning at the gym or on the home trainer this winter? Have you seen any improvement and do you think it is helping you to keep your fitness?