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Old 02-27-13, 11:02 PM   #1
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Spinning over the winter definately helped

Did a time trial against myself using endomondo on last years 25km route. Knocked 3 minutes off my best time and its not even March. I've noticed that longer rides (0ver 60 miles) are still noticably harder than say last August but I haven't lost all that much condition and my cadence has picked up a little as well. Its boring doing 30-50km of spinning every night before I sleep, but it was worth it.

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Old 02-28-13, 01:03 AM   #2
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I just ride in the rain..
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Rain is fine, ice covered roads are a real hazard and you move too slow to get much exercise in. It rains for 2 months of the summer here.. so rain doesn't bother me.
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Its boring doing 30-50km of spinning every night before I sleep, but it was worth it.
50km before bed would send me to sleep before I went to bed.

Boring it may be but one hour spinning- providing you work at it-will have the same exertion as a 2 hour ride. I have taken up spinning due to the weather being not conducive to cycling but also supplement it with a couple of hours cardio in the gym a week. I hate to think what I would have been like if I had not bothered to get to the spinning sessions for the last couple of months.
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I've been spinning in the winter months, too. It definitely helped me with my riding. I commuted to work last week and took a full 4.5 minutes off my time from last summer. I didnt think I would be able to do spinning all winter, but it wasnt as bad as I thought.
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I was actually going to start a thread like this!

Not only has spinning helped me over the winter...but I've found that I'm actually MORE fit/performing better as this year's cycling season begins, than when I was riding regularly back in the fall!

3 months of spinning has done more to improve my performance, than 9 months of actual riding. And the neat thing is: Since I don't take well to exercise for exercise's sake; and I don't like being bored, I'm doing mainly short Tabata Interval workouts on the spin bike. They've helped more than anything in MY ENTIRE LIFE- and I'm 50 years old.

Getting a spin bike was the best investment I ever made, next to my road bikes! Really improved my climbing, too- and my aerobic capacity has improved so much, that it's ridiculous.
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