Spin Class Essentials

Cycling gel seatAfter making it through three classes total so far, here is the list of stuff I have to bring:

  • Gel seat
  • Towel to wipe streams of sweat
  • Ear plugs
  • Sweat band
  • Water bottle
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Training zones chart
  • Cycling shoes with clips (don’t own yet, but maybe after birthday or Christmas)

For a brief and shining moment on Tuesday, I was able to get a sensation in my lower quadriceps muscles of pulling up during a part of the stroke, but I didn’t know exactly how I was achieving it and couldn’t maintain the feeling. I was soon back to all pushing all the time. When I was able to pull a little, my legs felt a lot better. All push is so inefficient that it makes my heart rate shoot up and makes my legs feel deprived of fuel.  My goal is to maintain a steady spin by using my core muscles along with both pulling and pushing muscles. Only then I will be able to push my cardiovascular limits as much as I want during the interval sessions (hill climbs).

I still need to know the Spin definitions for:

  • Jogging
  • Walking
  • Running

My day job requires me to be at work half an hour after the end of the Spin class. Even though I am taking as cold a shower as I can manage, I am bathed in sweat again as soon as I get dressed. It’s nearly impossible to put on makup when your face is that slippery! I may have to start my workday a little later, if they’ll let me.

Now that I am feeling committed to continuing the Spinning, the class is on hold for a week due to the holiday, d’oh!.

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