Well, yesterday was my first spin since last March and it was good. First impressions are that I’m in much better shape than last year. I only stayed on for a half hour but I was averaging better than 30 mph for all but a minute or two of the session. I was spinning easily in gears that gave me a tough time last year without breathing too heavy. In fact, I was geared out for about half of the session – 53/12 @ 100 rpm. I couldn’t do that last year for more than a couple of minutes at a time. One thing I really didn’t miss was the wind. I’m going to be as bored as you get by February, but for just getting back into the spin workouts, today wasn’t so bad.
I do believe that I’m going to have to lengthen the sessions a little bit this winter. Thirty minutes were simply too short but I’ll mess around with that when I’m stuck inside on a more permanent basis.
I did miss being able to watch a movie while I was riding – I am a serious movie buff. I have a collection in the hundreds and I’ve seen many of them more than 20 times. Cycling outside, I don’t watch near the amount of movies I used to. I just don’t have the time. This is a good and a bad thing – it’s good that I’m not on my butt as much, but I do have those times where I miss my movie time… Though admittedly, cycling is a MUCH more enjoyable escape than movies.
On the agenda for the weekend is a ride tomorrow (weather permitting) and my second first ever trail run with my buddies English Pete and Aaron out at a local state park… Now I’m really looking forward to that.