Sunday, February 12, 2012

Leaving My Sweat on the Gym Floor

Today I participated in my first organized indoor training ride. The group sponsoring it was raising money for a high school trip to DC, so I thought good cause as well as good way to get a solid workout in. I wasn't disappointed.

When I'm training in the living room at home, I tend to keep the same pace for the entire hour. This isn't necessarily bad, but never changing pace or gear to increase effort will eventually cause problems for me when I am able to get back outside. I could be walking the first hill I come to if I don't push myself a little more on the trainer. I know this, yet I'm loathe to change things up. Today, I was forced to change things up. The leader of the ride called out when we needed to change gears, when we needed to get out of the saddle, and when we needed to increase cadence. The last 90 seconds of the ride, I was in the most difficult gear, trying to keep my cadence up as fast as I could. When she called out 40 seconds remaining, my legs were yelling, "What in the world are you doing?" I had to shift to an easier gear to keep the cadence up, and by 15 seconds remaining, it was all I could do to continue pedaling. What a great workout.

Now I feel better prepared and ready to give my AMGEN Tour of California 2010 DVD a go. It's called "The Workout" and is produced by the Carmichael Training Systems, so I'm a teeny bit intimidated. Finishing the entire DVD might take a couple of tries, but I'm gonna give it my best shot.

Tomorrow--The Workout! (A shiver of fear just went down my spine!)

1 comment:

Samantha W. said...

I'll be curious to hear your thoughts on the AMGEN video. I've thought about buying it.