Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I have decided to blog my training for the 100 mile bike ride I have signed up for in August. I have to raise £550 for Sense - a charity for deafblindness, which has affected my family.
I will use this space to record my progress but also to review the turbo training and spinning DVDs etc. BTW I am doing outdoor cycling too, but I am not keen on riding on the roads after dark and turbo training really helps to focus on specific skills and aspects of the training (and there are no road junctions, potholes, dogs with or without flexi-leashes or traffic lights!).
My first session was with Spinervals 4.0. This is a studio class, with some optional off the bike exercises. As the name suggests, there are intervals. It uses mostly resistance from the gears as well as cadence. I would suggest using the gears as a rough guide and focusing on perceived exertion or the heart rate monitor to see if the suggested gear is the right level for you (you will need to know your target heart rate zones beforehand). Overall, the DVD is reasonable and quite a hard workout. My favourites at the moment are the Three legs cycling (TLC) ones, which are also studio and simulate a race as well as featuring olympic cyclists.
As an aside, I am also doing a pound £ for a pound lb to raise the remaining money (as I don't think I will get there by sponsorship alone). So far I have lost 5 lbs so I am £5 out of pocket and I am hoping to fill a bucket with matched fundraising.