This recovery week has been pretty laid back, yet challenging at the same time. While being the first week of being out of the house and working at an office, my schedule and workouts have been tailored to match. Since I am now at a gym closer to my employment I have had to change gym locations and with the change came the act of trying new classes. Unfortunately these classes are at different times, so the schedule has been moved around again. I have used this recovery week to analyze and try out the classes to get a feel for them. Pilates isn’t bad, not the same, but still good. The biggest difference is spin classes.
I have blogged before about how I prefer spin instructors that while focused on cardio, work to promote cycling in the workout. I have found a few instructors that give awesome cycle style intervals and limited “Out of the saddle” time. This week I figured I would give two classes a try and hope at least one of them would not dissapoint. Luckily the Tuesday class provided what I was looking for. The Thursday class though needed some adjustments as we were “Out of the Saddle” most of the class. Personally I do not do Out of the Saddle but instead modify the class to make it work better for what I want.
Instead of doing my own thing 100% I often modify the instructors workout. When they say to add x number of gears and get out of the saddle, I raise the gears and fight to keep a matching cadence. In all honesty, its actually harder this way, but better for building my leg strength and endurance. Last nights class with this modification was a killer! It had numerous hard hill climbs that sometimes had the gear as high as 20-21, pretty close to the maximum. Of course I did it seated and pushed hard. By the end of the first hour my legs were burning. I truly felt like I had been climbing hills on my road bike. Of course I finished the workout with an additional zone two ride for an hour, just to build up muscular endurance a bit. By the time two hours were up, my legs were lead!
Looks like the next couple of weeks should be interesting as I further adapt to working from an office while preparing for my first triathlon, just a short six weeks away. I think I have my structured classes figured out and I am ready to get done with this recovery week and get back to work preparing for the big day. It is nice to have instructors that prepare classes with a cycling focus, but classes can be modified to provide the missing elements when they are purely cardio driven, it is just a matter of perspective and figuring out to use what you have available. Til next time.
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