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Apr. 17th, 2007

RPM(spin class) was awesome today. For the first time I was really able to attack with strength. I don't know if any of you other people who have taken spin class do this, but sometimes I hear a song and I'm like, "That would work perfectly for spin class!" It's the tempo I guess. And if it is inspirational. Or could in any way be inspirational(one of the songs in one of my classes was "Why" by Annie Lennox). It's like "Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy do I have to climb this hill?" Well anyway, one of the instructors of the class(there are three) is just amazing, and I mean that in the most sexual way possible. Today she was on the bike directly in front of me, and considering my performance I dubbed her, "Carrot on a Stick". Anyway, it makes me really want to ride for real. And it makes me want to do other things as well.

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socal1968
Apr. 18th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
I tried a spin class recently, and remembered why I never really biked that much... although I enjoy it a lot for a little while, I quickly get (saddle) sore. It seems a little crazy to me to put all the weight of your entire body on the most sensitive couple of inches. How did that idea come about?

I did like the music in the class I had, though. At one point, the classic techno song Sandstorm came on that I hadn't heard in years, and I was like, "yeah!" It inspired me to make my own compilations for working out. But of course, I totally forgot about it until reading your post. But I've been really lazy this week. Supertired.
democritus
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:20 am (UTC)
That's something that hopefully you learn about quickly when you start cycling. First, when your butt hits the seat it should be right on the two little bones at the back of your butt(ischial tuberosties) instead of resting on your "crotch". Don't get me wrong, it still hurts for a bit when getting used to it, but you get over it and it doesn't hurt any more.
socal1968
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I've had many bikes over the years. When I say I never biked "that much" I mean more than a few miles at a time, more than a few days a week. I just never was able to "get used to it" enough to progress much more than that. Even with my padded shorts, bike shocks and spiffy V shaped gel seat. Just overly sensitive, maybe.

The last time I was on a bike was last Fall. Because our mountain bikes had been stolen off our balcony last year, I borrowed a (very expensive) bike that was probably too big for me and was led by my fiance up and down the hills and over the rocks for nine miles in Annadel. I was bruised and blistered and had difficulty sitting for several days. I think I was traumatized.
paxequus
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)
To add to Democritus' comment to you, as your legs develop strength, you will begin to balance some of the weight of your upper body on your legs, less weight in the saddle when riding, especially if you are pedaling against some resistance, not just free-wheeling. It gets better! Don't give up!
socal1968
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Hm, maybe... I do have scrawny legs!
xviragox
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
Aside from what democritus and paxequus said, you've just got to build up a tolerance. When I haven't been on a bike for a really long time, I can't ride more than every other day at first, and sometimes not even that much.
socal1968
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, and that's when I say, hell with it, I'll jog, hike, or rollerblade instead. Just not worth it. :(
karlgrenze
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't taken a spin class again since a couple of weeks ago, but I had the same soreness socal mentioned.

I would still try it, it's just that there are other aerobic classes at the same times that I would rather take. Perhaps when it's between spin or yoga, I'll take spin.
paxequus
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing. I have even considered making a mix cd for one of my spin instructors. There are many websites that offer song beats per minute info that can be used to create such a cd that matches your spin work-out. Btw, love the carrot on the stick analogy.
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tiasabrina
Apr. 19th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Where do you do spin? Just curious if it's the YMCA because my friend instructs there.
democritus
Apr. 19th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Nope, I go to a place called Fusion Fitness, off Sebastopol Rd.
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