After promising to be more regular with blog posts at the start of the month, I really haven’t been. Mainly because I know
some all of you are very busy people, and so I don’t want to waste your time!
Dawn of Realisation
This morning 2 things happened. Firstly, I realised Edinburgh marathon is 7 weeks on Sunday. Looking at the next 5 weeks in my training schedule, there are some massive mileage weeks coming up. March hasn’t fully gone to plan with other commitments, but its still looking like it’ll be the biggest training month again, but just not by as much mileage as perhaps it should have been.
The second thing that happened was I went spinning for the first time this morning. A 7am session at my work place was never really going to happen, with me lucky to get there for 8.30 most mornings. Turning up 5 minutes late meant we weren’t certain if the instructor would lets us in, but she did. She asked if I was alright with the bike settings, so I politely said yes, even though I wasn’t. She told us to do a 5 minute warm up and then join in the session when ready.
What is Spinning?
Similar to an exercise bike, but you have a little toggle under the handle bars to control the resistance of the bike.
The instructor takes you on little efforts, telling you to increase and decrease the resistance as necessary. Its entirely up to you how far you take the resistance, although the instructor gives an indication of how many turns, so its not really a set workout. Ultimately you can cheat to keep it low, but I suppose ‘you’re only cheating yourself’ comes into play here. I’ve got a feeling it’ll take a couple of sessions to get a feel for the right resistance though.
I’m not sure if sessions vary from place to place, but the session this morning seemed to be 4 minutes of efforts, repeated 8 times, with the resistance being increased each time, and a cool down period lasting a couple of minutes between the efforts.
The basic structure of an effort was to set the resistance to a Perceived Effort rating (ranging from about 5 and ending at 8.5 on the 8th rep) and then 1 minute of riding whilst sitting, 1 minute of standing up riding at the same resistance level, followed by 1 minute of alternating being sat, standing up (altering every 2 seconds, and then every second - UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN – I can still hear the instructor now some 8 hours later) and then finally reducing the resistance down slightly and doing a minute sprint.
All in all, a good workout, and I certainly got a sweat on, but not 100% certain it’ll be doing amazing benefits for actual cycling. Certainly it’d be more beneficial for me to get out on the road with an actual bike at this stage of my triathlon training. I will continue to book into the sessions though, wary of the impact it might have on my swimming lesson at lunch. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be on time one day as well!
Due to the need to travel to a wedding this weekend, I’m not certain if/when I’ll get my 14 miler in. Possibly on Sunday depending on traffic. After that, not more recovery weeks until the taper kicks in. Training to this point has gone way better than any previous marathon training, so its time to nail the next 5 weeks and really make them count.
As for the challenge, Sandy 10 Mile is next weekend. Quite how I’ll fit it in around a 20 mile run as well might pose an interesting question!