Everything I've heard about spinning has lead me to believe it's a very intense class that will leave you dripping in sweat. Towel absolutely required. It was a gorgeous day and I would have loved to have ridden my bike to the gym, but as I was expecting a killer workout out I left the bike at home.
To be honest ... it was OK. Maybe I'm just "bike fit" from riding my mountain bike to work almost daily lately. While I did get a decent workout, and definitely had some sweat going on ... I would far from label it as "very intense".
I consistently had my bike in a higher gear than recommended, and at a higher RPM as well. My friend that came with me was within the recommended gear range and had a hard time reaching the recommended RPM, and she said she found the class very challenging. This is the same friend that is currently training for a marathon and while we start our runs together, she's running a good 6 miles more than me on the long runs ... and kicking my butt on pace too.
Just as class was about to start, a woman got on the bike to my left ... it was a woman I know. Her, myself, and the friend I came with all went to high school together. That was kind of neat. Anyhow, this woman also seemed to struggle with reaching the recommended gear/RPM levels.
So, while obviously spinning must be a darn good workout, it would seem that I either need to reach even higher than I was, or it's just not challenging enough for me. I'll have to try it a couple more times to see. I did enjoy the class though and wouldn't hesitate to take it again. Unfortunately I can't be doing a ton of classes so will have to just fit it in occasionally. I'd rather do a bootcamp/weight class as I find that a lot more challenging.
Sunday I did another 10 mile run. It was pretty hot out, even though we left at 8AM. But, I managed to run a little further once again without needing to walk, and took less walk breaks than last week. And the pace was slightly faster. So again, more improvement.
Review of last week Aug 1 - 7:
* Ran 16 miles
* Biked 43 miles
* Walked 2 miles
* Classes - (1) Spin, (1) Abs Only, (1) Bootcamp
* Used 17/35 extra weekly points & all activity points (yes, I'm following the old WW's program again)
* Weight loss - ZIP :( Maybe next week