An upbeat ride

A couple of Saturdays ago I just wasn’t feeling particularly energized to teach, so I set about making a playlist that included upbeat songs that I liked.

Here’s the result…



While I used to make incredibly details ride profiles, somewhere along the line i’ve reduced myself to either vague profiles or just knowing from the song what I want to do (and not writing it down).  This seems to work when it’s a song I really know, but when it’s a newer song I need to plan it out a bit more.

I think I wrote down a profile for this one, but on Tuesday I couldn’t find it, so I just made it up as I went along.

Here’s the breakdown…
Warm up
Seated climb to running on chorus
Quick flat with sprint bursts
Seated climb to run on chorus
Running to standing climb
Seated climb, adding resistant while holding speed
Standing heavy climb
Running to standing climb on the chorus
Moderate to heavy standing hill, back to the saddle to pick up the pace on the chorus

Kind of vague, but if you want more info, let me know.


Instructor’s Guilt

Good morning!

I taught my Tuesday class last night for the first time in quite a while.  Due to work conflicts, I had to sub 3 weeks in a row (yes, 3 weeks!).  I hated to do it, but I really had no choice.

I gave the class adequate notice.  Because I was still teaching on Saturdays, I saw many of my regulars who told me that they didn’t attend the Tuesday class or when they did, attendance was pretty low.

Supposedly last week had only 2 people in class.  Based on that, I was a bit nervous that no one would show yesterday.

Well, that definitely wasn’t the case.  The class was almost full (only 4 empty bikes).  This was a huge relief.  It felt great to be back!

That said, I felt a bit guilty (or bad) that the subbing instructor didn’t have nearly the same experience.  As an instructor, I know that it’s much more enjoyable to teach to a full house than to one or two people.

My group is very loyal to me and while I’ve found subs who are OK, I haven’t really found anyone with a similar style (or rather I did, but she moved).

Has anyone else experienced a similar feeling of feeling bad for the sub?  Just curious!

Yes, I’m really back!!

You know what?  I’ve really missed blogging!  I’ve missed the unique opportunity to connect with people I wouldn’t connect with otherwise.

While I have been away for quite some time (last post was 5 months ago, and posts were super sporadic prior to that), I’m hoping that I can get some readers back, or even find new ones.

I’m definitely going to go back to the heart of where this blog started, spinning.  However I’m also going to continue to be my wonderfully random self 🙂

I’m not very good at recaps of what’s been going on with me, so I won’t go in to much detail there, but I’m good, so that’s most important, right?

Let’s get right back to things…

This weekend I was in NYC for the 5 Borough Bike Tour.  While I am local, I decided that it would be easier to get a hotel room on Saturday night than to wake up super early on Sunday and drive into the city with the bikes.

We stayed right near the Freedom Tower, which was pretty neat (but also VERY crowded).  My parents came in to the city and we met up with my sister to celebrate her birthday.  My hotel had an outdoor bar on the 20th floor, where I took these pictures.

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The highlight of the weekend though was the ride itself.  40 miles through all 5 boroughs of NYC, so cool!

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It’s a 40 mile ride with approximately 32,000 riders, so it’s pretty large.  NY’ers hate it because they shut down a bunch of main roads, creating a true traffic nightmare.

While I hadn’t trained properly at all, thankfully I was still able to finish.  For the most part I felt good, although around the 32 or 33 mile mark I got a bit tired, however I had a snack and some Gatorade and was ready to finish.

Unlike what i’m used to, the route was very flat, which helped.  It was very cool to ride on the city streets without any cars.  We went over 4 bridges (2 were really small) and were on 2 different highways.  They also had bands playing every few miles which made it more fun.

It was a great ride and I’d highly recommend it!  Any rides you’d recommend?