This summer I’ve been focusing on cycling to prepare for the Farm to Fork Fondo in hilly Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’ve even swapped my weekend long runs for a second day on my bike. The Conte’s Bike shop ride taught me that I have to keep my head in the game to make it up those hills, but this week I realized how important my attitude is during my weekly indoor cycling classes.
Put Your Mettle To The Pedals
During the warm-up and tempo sections, your cadence should match that of the instructor–and hopefully the music–but when you’re sprinting or on a steep climb, how fast you pedal really is up to you.
The resistance is always up to you, especially at studios like Revolve that don’t have bike computers that rate the resistance on a scale of 1-20–just a red knob and your legs to tell you how hard it is.
It’s a basic bike, but it gets the job done!
If I’m on the treadmill at Orange Theory, I might want to back off before an “all out” interval is over, but I rarely will reach for the buttons to decrease my pace. On the other hand, when I’m at an indoor cycling class, it’s easier to let my legs slow down before the instructor finishes her countdown. I have to rely on self-discipline and mental grit to keep pushing to maintain my pace.
Sure, I could slow down and ease up on the resistance if I get tired, but when I’m outside, the hills won’t let me quit. In a few weeks I will have to be able to take whatever they have to give, so to get ready I have to put my mettle to the pedals, and push myself through the hard parts of my indoor cycling workouts. I know the only way to reach my goal is get outside my comfort zone.
Monday: I started the week with a challenging OTF workout. Was it harder than usual, or did it just feel that way after vacation?
Tuesday: An unplanned rest day after my Monday “day trip” to Boston turned into an overnight stay. Apparently construction fumes caused the air traffic control building for Dulles and Reagan airports to be evacuated from about 6-10 pm. With all those cancellations, I was lucky to get rebooked onto an 8 am flight home Tuesday.
A bit too far to walk!
Wednesday: I headed to Revolve for my thought-provoking indoor cycling class.
Thursday: To make up for Tuesday’s missed worked, I crammed two workouts into one, running for 30 minutes and then doing 30 minutes of strength training.
That’s the Lincoln Memorial on the far side of Memorial Bridge
Friday: I was ready to get back to the mat at CPY2. This class focused on arm bind moves–one place where I do have decent flexibility. My bird of paradise isn’t very elegant, but at least I can get it off the ground.
Saturday: This was my fifth time joining Conte’s Hill ride, and the first time I looked forward to the challenge without feeling nervous about it.
Click > to see the route — I love the free Relive app!
Sunday: My husband wanted to get some chores done around the house, so we opted for a short ride, doing the Arlington Loop with the hills that used to make me nervous. They are still hard, but only for a few seconds!
What activity draws on your mettle?
Have you tried the Relive app?