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How does spinning compare?

dinabean2010-05-02 11:57:56 +0000 #1
I've started taking spinning classes in hopes of building bike endurance, because I have the ultimate goal of doing a sprint triathlon that has an 11 mile bike ride component. I am trying to track my mileage in a training log, and I am wondering, how should I record spinning? Is there any way to estimate what the equivalent distance would be for a 1 hour spin class? The spin bikes don't have any mileage info on them...

Also, please tell me this will get easier. The rest of the class is climbing away and I have to sit in the saddle and lower the resistance and catch my breath after a minute or two. (I feel like it will be a banner week when I can follow the instructions for the entire class!)
Zen2010-05-02 12:14:23 +0000 #2
It doesn't get easier, you get better
teigyr2010-05-02 12:19:08 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by Zen

It doesn't get easier, you get better

+1. How long before your tri?

I think spinning classes help a lot and they are good for winter building or maintenance but you still need time on your bike out in real conditions. You might want to ask your instructor though because maybe he/she knows the approximate miles you ride in a class.

Spinning classes are brutal

Fun, but brutal.
dinabean2010-05-02 13:18:26 +0000 #4
The tri is in May, so I have a bit of training ahead of me. I don't plan on slacking!
tulip2010-05-02 13:06:39 +0000 #5
Spinning really helps with my winter training. Unfortunately, I'm not able to go to spinning this winter (no gym membership any more), but I bought a trainer and am doing my own version of it. Luckily, I've done spinning for several years and am pretty comfortable with doing it on my own.



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