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    I got my spin cherry popped tonight

    ...and it hurt.

    Yes, I lost my mind. I poo poo'd spin class for years.

    Now I eat crow.

    My wife, who has enjoyed spin for the past two winters, convinced me to try it out. "Sure," I said after getting a seven-day pass to the gym right down the street.

    It started out easy...well of course it did.

    Then we hit intervals where I thought my knees were going to explode when I got out of the saddle. The one thing that really got me was, not having wind to help evaporate the sweat that was literally pouring off my face. Next time, I'm grabbing two towels.

    I got a serious runners stitch at about 30 minutes, but after backing off a couple minutes, got past it and suddenly bliss. I hit the zone. Seemed easy again even though we were simulating a 12 minute climb. I probably pushed too hard for my first day, but oh well.

    I hated it, yet liked it in that I realize the potential to kick my azz into a new level of fitness.

    One more day with the other instructor before I decide if I will sign up and suffer all winter.

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    I did spin classes one winter to rehab from knee surgery. My first class was a similar experience -- especially since I hadn't been on the bike in three weeks and my knee still had some swelling in it. It kicked my butt at first. I finally found a class that I was comfortable with, the instructor was a guy I raced with who approached the class from a cyclist's perspective, instead of an aerobics instructor's perspective, if that makes sense. I wound up getting my instructor certification and teaching a few classes here and there. The next season, I won a few races, and got 3rd in a 12-hour solo. And I hate to say it, but I think all those hours in the spin studio made the difference.
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    You have to be cruel to be kind...

    So you need to suffer to increase your mtb enjoyment?

    That's cool, it's tough to maintain fitness in the beer drinkin' season...
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    I do it too...same experience - completely drenched by the 30 minute mark, and am counting seconds by the 40 minute mark...

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveM
    So you need to suffer to increase your mtb enjoyment?

    That's cool, it's tough to maintain fitness in the beer drinkin' season...
    When does that season end, again? I always forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    ...and it hurt.

    Yes, I lost my mind. I poo poo'd spin class for years.

    Now I eat crow.

    My wife, who has enjoyed spin for the past two winters, convinced me to try it out. "Sure," I said after getting a seven-day pass to the gym right down the street.

    It started out easy...well of course it did.

    Then we hit intervals where I thought my knees were going to explode when I got out of the saddle. The one thing that really got me was, not having wind to help evaporate the sweat that was literally pouring off my face. Next time, I'm grabbing two towels.

    I got a serious runners stitch at about 30 minutes, but after backing off a couple minutes, got past it and suddenly bliss. I hit the zone. Seemed easy again even though we were simulating a 12 minute climb. I probably pushed too hard for my first day, but oh well.

    I hated it, yet liked it in that I realize the potential to kick my azz into a new level of fitness.

    One more day with the other instructor before I decide if I will sign up and suffer all winter.
    Just buy a Pugsley instead Snowiest winter in decades and I was riding 3-4 days/week.



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    are those motorcycle tires

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    I've done it a few times. And its hard to slam it once you've done it cause it can leave you hurting pretty bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    Just buy a Pugsley instead Snowiest winter in decades and I was riding 3-4 days/week.



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    I thought snow days were for Skiing?

    Nice bike, BTW, looks like fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    Just buy a Pugsley instead Snowiest winter in decades and I was riding 3-4 days/week.



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    Nice! Looks like that little roller is equally fun in the snow. Would love to add a pugsley (among many others) to the quiver, but alas, I only got two of the six numbers right on my lotto ticket last night. Maybe Saturday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama

    Odd. I don't even see your E.T. or a basket to put it in.

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    Yeah I tried spin class year before after being sick for 3 weeks straight and wanting to get my fitness back a little faster. The lack of moving air killed me the first time, along with getting a stitch. The 2nd time I placed myself right under the AC vent and was good.

    Hey Larry is that the little roller going over to Blue Sky? looks like it. Boy I miss that place

    Quote Originally Posted by Ventanarama
    Just buy a Pugsley instead Snowiest winter in decades and I was riding 3-4 days/week.



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    Mmm...

    Quote Originally Posted by Manmountain Dense
    When does that season end, again? I always forget.
    About 10p.m., only to start up again around 6p.m. the following day...
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    Spinning isn't bad, I just don't have the temperment to put up with other people's musical selection for an hour
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    I thought snow days were for Skiing?

    Nice bike, BTW, looks like fun!
    at 24 hours of moab this year, a dude passed me on of those things... man did i feel like a chump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonvelocity
    Spinning isn't bad, I just don't have the temperment to put up with other people's musical selection for an hour
    Kinda like at the trailhead parking lot.


    Today I did a short off road time trial and I would almost believe that just one day of spin has already noticeably improved my speed. In particular, getting out of the saddle and pounding.

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    ahem...

    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Kinda like at the trailhead parking lot.


    Today I did a short off road time trial and I would almost believe that just one day of spin has already noticeably improved my speed. In particular, getting out of the saddle and pounding.
    Didn't you give me sh*t a couple of weeks ago, and I quote "I wish I was at the level where bike fit really mattered to that millimeter of seatpost height, saddle position, stem length, to save the extra 3 seconds in a bike race." about getting a bike fit and now you're doing spin classes and time trials?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Kinda like at the trailhead parking lot.


    Today I did a short off road time trial and I would almost believe that just one day of spin has already noticeably improved my speed. In particular, getting out of the saddle and pounding.
    I ride a big bike, so standing and pumping is sucked up by the suspension. I have to hit it much harder then on an XC bike, and I think the spinning will help. Super D won't stand a chance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lanruss
    Didn't you give me sh*t a couple of weeks ago, and I quote "I wish I was at the level where bike fit really mattered to that millimeter of seatpost height, saddle position, stem length, to save the extra 3 seconds in a bike race." about getting a bike fit and now you're doing spin classes and time trials?
    Yes.

    But I didn't change the fit of my full suspension bike to do that "time trial" yesterday

    My training goals are to be in shape to do a the white rim in a day, in the spring.
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    I think they're a necessary evil in the off season. So far this year, I've been still been able to stay outdoors but I know soon enough I'll be listening to some areobic instructor yelling 'Come on! Push it! Keep it going!' and listening to some annoying song.

    At least take the opportunity to work on your pedaling. Since the experiance is pathetically dull, you can really isolate your technique.

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    I tried it once but got spin rage because the fat guy next to me was making too much noise, having to much fun, and generally kicking my ego-bikecentric butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Yes.

    But I didn't change the fit of my full suspension bike to do that "time trial" yesterday

    My training goals are to be in shape to do a the white rim in a day, in the spring.
    I don't understand why anyone would want to ride the White Rim in one day? I've ridden it with a big group, 2 nights out, this past fall. It was great.
    But it was great because of the scenery and camping areas and quiet bliss and ... but not because it is a great ride. If you are humping to finish in a day, and you are me, you are not stopping very often to take in the views. Too bad, that is the very best part of that ride IMHO.
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    Sorry to drag up an older post but..
    I tried a spin class for the first time last night. It is harder than one might think. Next time I told myself I am going to wear my bike shoes and maybe padded shorts.

    On another note:
    I dont know if anyone else felt this way, but when the instructor was screaming at us into her microphone over the high paced techno-headace music, telling us to go faster, faster. work harder....faster.. I had the urge to get off the bike and give her a chuck norris style roundhouse to the face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Phase
    , telling us to go faster, faster. work harder....faster.. I had the urge to get off the bike and give her a chuck norris style roundhouse to the face.
    But you went faster instead didn't you?

    Let the brainwashing begin....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Phase
    Sorry to drag up an older post but..
    I tried a spin class for the first time last night. It is harder than one might think. Next time I told myself I am going to wear my bike shoes and maybe padded shorts.

    On another note:
    I dont know if anyone else felt this way, but when the instructor was screaming at us into her microphone over the high paced techno-headace music, telling us to go faster, faster. work harder....faster.. I had the urge to get off the bike and give her a chuck norris style roundhouse to the face.
    It all depends on the instructor; mine prefers to rock like it's 1974 again. I just bring headphones.
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    Did my first class after about 1 -1/2 hiatus. I've been off the bike for over six weeks now due to shoulder reconstruction surgery and oh my god - I thought I was gonna puke at the 30 minute mark. It's amazing how quickly one can get out of shape. Oh well, rode the stationary for an hour last night instead just to get some cardio fitness back before I kill myself in another spin class.

    FWIW though, when I was doing spin classes, I was def at my strongest.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Three Phase
    On another note:
    I dont know if anyone else felt this way, but when the instructor was screaming at us into her microphone over the high paced techno-headace music, telling us to go faster, faster. work harder....faster.. I had the urge to get off the bike and give her a chuck norris style roundhouse to the face.
    I guess I got lucky, because my first drop-in spin class was taught by a cycling coach, and we did sprints, drills and intervals that made sense to me. Don't get me wrong, I was dying by the end (damn these long, snowy winters) but I felt like the session was structured and had a purpose. And the music was GOOD.

    I later had the misfortune to attend a class like the one described above - blaring music, instructor YELLING into a microphone that rendered everything she said unintelligible, and DUMB drills like "pedal as fast as you can" alternating with "push as much resistance as you can" (a recipie for injury if I've ever seen one). I finished the class and left vowing never to return. Who trains these spin instructors anyway?? I totally prefer the classes that are led by someone who actually rides a REAL bike. My ability to suffer has increased as a result of spin classes. And I find that I kinda like road biking now...
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    Where do you people with the great instructors go?

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    Since this thread was dug back up, I might as well post an update. I did a few classes over the winter and wow did the instructors vary all over the map from climbing fools, to sprint queens to boring low volume nutcracker snooze fests at 5:30 am. The instructor means everything.

    Overall I had some amazing instructors that did tapered intervals, good progressive climbing, well timed sprints. I loved it. One woman carefully chose her music to time a sprint or pace in her program.

    I milked free trial memberships and cheapo trial periods and got my whole winter spins for $20 total--not kidding.

    Now it's back to riding outdoors. And since spin, I notice I ride a lot more in the large ring out of the saddle for long periods.

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    A few weeks before I had my knee scoped I went to spinning lcass. My buds had been telling me how much of a kick it is finesswise. They were right. The instructor is REALLY good and I got a lot of conditioning out of it. After my knee gets back to normal, I imagine I'll do it next winter sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minouchi
    Where do you people with the great instructors go?
    Sorry, the classes are already hard enough to get into (-: Limited number of bike you know.
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    Posted by bmkidIII


    But you went faster instead didn't you?

    Let the brainwashing begin....




    How'd you know?


    Hey, were you that guy on the bike next to me that was weezing like a lawn mower, mumbling somthing about a coronary?

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