True to the words I typed out on Sunday evening, I switched up my workouts this week to include way more stretching, some weight training and I also took a spin class on Wednesday instead of taking a run.
I’m new to cycling – as you know, Trixie the wonder-bike is a mere month or so old, and I have only been out on her a few times. So, I can’t really compare cycling vs. spinning, but for now, I really like spinning. I’m interested to see how spinning compares to road cycling once I get more comfortable on my bike.
I find that when a spin class is good, it is very, very good, but when it is bad it is depressing. Fortunately, I have a great spin studio nearby and I have only had a few bad classes over the past year. It’s a little hard for a control freak to turn a workout over to an instructor. I’m so used to being in control of my workouts – when, where, how fast, slow, long, etc. I’m a true introvert, and don’t need the energy of a group to get me going. Then again, there’s something almost relaxing about letting someone else take charge sometimes – I can get out of my head and just do what they are telling me, rather than figure it all out myself. Just show up and produce. And at the end of the day, as the best instructors say, everybody really does have their own ride (I personally am not happy unless my legs and lungs cry for their mommies several times during the ride). Plus, it’s cool to work out in the dark and hear different music and cool remixes. My instructor on Wednesday played “Rapture Riders, “ a neat remix of Riders on the Storm (Doors) and Rapture (Blondie). Rapture has been on my running playlist forever, but I don’t think I ever suspected that Riders on the Storm could be a good workout song. Who knew? Here’s a video that plays the re-mix:
Pretty neat, huh? If I can get it in MP3 format, it will be going onto the playlist stat. Can totally see it during the middle miles of a long run – the “zone out” portion, if you will.
What say you, Colby? How do you think spinning compares with road cycling? Or is it apples and oranges?