Last week was our last team outdoor Tuesday night group ride out in Cochrane. This week we moved to spin classes indoors at Bow Cycle. I had initially signed up for an indoor tri cycle clinic on spin bikes at the YMCA, but when I learned that coach had her own cycle session on trainers I cancelled out of the Y class to take hers.
I spent Monday night flexing my engineering muscles by putting my trainer together. I wound up ordering the Nashbar adjustable fluid trainer after getting a good deal on it, and reading some good reviews on it. The set up was pretty easy (if you aren’t talking on the phone while trying to read the instructions). I hopped on the bike in the garage just to make sure the thing actually worked before showing up to class Tuesday night.
Coach’s class is definitely popular! The floor was pretty full, but it gave a chance for you to get to know your neighbour pretty well. It was also a fantastic time to ogle other people’s bikes. Sigh… Coach also has Suunto heart rate monitors available. Wear the strap provided and your HR will be projected on a screen with other participants’ so you can see how hard you are working, also in relation to everyone else. We wound up riding for about 1:45 and did a variety of different exercises as an introduction. We did some cadence pyramids (holding a certain rpm for a minute, then increasing up), gear ups (holding steady rpms, but taking another gear every two minutes while trying to keep the same rpms) and a spin off (to see who could hit the highest rpms). We also did some single leg drills, some at an easy gear to hit some high rpms, and some at a hard gear to really work our leg muscles. After the hard single leg drills we would get off the bike to do some squats to really make sure our legs were burning. After finishing up my legs were toast…I worked hard! We finished the evening off with some core work and push ups.
So…I did the class without a bike computer as I’ve been relying on my Garmin for my outdoor rides. Coach bases most of her workout on rpms though, so I really need a computer now. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good one? I’d get the cadence sensor from Garmin to go with my 305 but I can’t seem to find it up here and Amazon won’t ship it outside of the US. Any suggestions would be appreciated!