Group Cycling at the "Y"
Tonight was our first night. We got our water bottles together (required for class) and headed off to the Y. We got to class about 20 minutes early and introduced ourselves to the instructor. She got us set up on the "bikes". One nice thing that I noticed is that they have a variety of pedals. The RED colored pedals have Shimano SPD clips on one side and Look style clips on the other (Steve, hint hint). So for our next class I plan to bring my Shimano shoes with SPD cleats. The bikes themselves are the LeMond Fitness Revmaster (Steve, you convinced yet?) fitted with the optional Pilot cycle computer. The Pilot keeps track of time, cadence, distance and heart rate (if you have a compatible chest strap). So next time I'm bringing my chest strap, my gloves and my shoes.
OK, so as more and more people started showing up, I started pedaling pretty casually to warm up. Teri was sitting next to me, but she waited until the class actually started. Probably a good move. The instructor turned off 90% of the lights and the class is held in mostly dark. The pilots have a button you can hit to light them up to check your progress. The instructor cranks the music, which tonight was a mix of techno, pop and rock. She also has a microphone which she uses to bark out commands. She led us through a gentle warm up, keeping our cadence at around 60 RPM. She then takes you through a series of "climbs" by having you increase the tension on the LeMond bikes and having you stand, sit, etc. The workout kicked my butt. The whole thing lasted about 55 minutes and at the end, looking at the Pilot, I had covered 15.3 miles and my shirt was SOAKED in sweat. It was a great workout. Definitely something we'll return to do. Teri did awesome! There were a number of times during the "climbs" that I had to sit down and slow down a bit. Everytime I looked over, she was cranking up the resistance and standing up. I was impressed.
After the workout, we walked around the track and talked a bit about what we had just done. I think we both enjoyed it. Of course we promptly went to Popeye Chicken for dinner, but hey . . . you burn more calories after a workout than if you hadn't worked out at all. So I don't feel horrible about it. We would have probably gone out somewhere anyway. So I guess it's better that we worked out first. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!