I taught my regular 6 am class this morning, and then had to sub an 8:45 class. Why not just stay and ride in between? Sounded like a good idea at the time. And I have to say, it went by fairly quickly, with great tunes and a driving beat. All told, 3 hours 45 minutes. (I’ve only ridden longer on a Spin bike in Spinathons with many people around. So I count this as a record).
I taught the same profile for both classes, and it’s not an ‘easy’ ride either. It was 4 sets of extensive intervals of 10-12 minutes, each with a different focus. First flats, then climbs, then on the flats again then climbs again. I had some great music for this ride (I’ll post this profile sometime in the future on my Spinning blog) so that makes a huge difference in staying motivated and interested. The ride itself is fairly challenging, but I tried to hold myself back somewhat in the 6 am class; I think I got my HR just touching LT a few times.
Then for the 1:45 in between, I sat and rode mostly in zones 1 and 2, occasionally 3 for short periods. Quite easy.
For the final class, I let myself push it a bit – thinking I would “simulate” one of the Giro stages that ends with a challenge after a long time in the saddle.
Afterwards, I led a 30-minute core class, mostly on the fitball.
It was a 4-jersey day! Yes, I went through four jerseys in those four hours (five if you count the shirt I changed into to teach the core class), as I hate to continue riding in a sweaty, wet jersey clinging to me. (Fortunately that never happens outside).
I can honestly say I feel great! Not drained, not lagging. Yes, a bit tired, but mostly from lack of enough sleep. I am really feeling fit, and that’s a tremendously good feeling.
Fit enough for four centuries in a row?? Well, we’ll see. My longest time in the saddle is 4.5 hrs and 62 miles. I certainly wish I had more outdoor riding time. But marathoners don’t usually run a full marathon before a race, do they?
It is what it is and I am feeling good. I leave in 8 days from today! Fitness-wise, and body weight-wise, I see a difference in my calf muscles, in my arms (that’s the first place I lose weight), and my face. My quads feel stronger, harder. But so far no change to the Buddha Belly – wouldn’t you know, the place I’d like to lose the most, is the last place to lose it! Typical.
This is the earliest I’ve ever experienced this, so I am excited for what I can accomplish the rest of the summer. :-)
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