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has spinning improved your speed on the bike?

cindysue2010-05-02 18:57:16 +0000 #1
I'm slow on the road bike. I tend to go for the leasurly pace. I just started taking a spin class 2x a week when I can get in (the class is always packed). I'm wondering if those of you taking spin classes have found that it takes you a shorter amount of time to go the same distance (i.e., you're faster)?

Thanks for any and all advice on improving my speed through spin classes and otherwise........
Aramei2010-05-02 19:01:26 +0000 #2
I don't know how to answer this question except to say that I know the class has helped my endurance, cardio workout. I am just starting out and took a cycling/yoga class for 6 weeks..once a week. I'm now in a cycling/spinning class for 45 min once a week. My first class was this past Tuesday...was rough, but fun!! LOL I got sick/dizzy about 3/4 of the way through, but I kept going. I think it too is helping my technique of pedaling with clipless and my leg strength.
alison_in_oh2010-05-02 19:47:13 +0000 #3
I feel that spinning this winter helped increase my cardio endurance (so my heart doesn't give out before my legs on the climbs, I think that helps me go UP a little faster) and it's trained my cadence so instead of slowly mashing a big gear I'm likely to spin a smaller one and actually travel a little faster with a little less effort. I think it also trained my pedalstroke to be more efficient.
trigurl2010-05-02 19:24:06 +0000 #4
I have used the spin cycles all winter and found I have no problems when riding outside now, actually I probably work a little harder in class than I do outside, except when I ride on the parkway, it is very hilly.

To me you do get as good a cardio workout or better depending on the terrain in your area.
RoadRaven2010-05-02 19:14:53 +0000 #5
I'm still new to spinning - I find I can ride further when i spin, although I believe deep down I am a masher...

But I am finding I can go further, though not as fast if I attempt to spin more (working on being able to spin consistently at a cadence of 90 at the moment...)

It is certainly increasing my aerobic fitness, and sometimes I come home from a 50 minute "spinning session" more wasted than if I go out and ride for a couple of hours...
trigurl2010-05-02 21:16:19 +0000 #6
I haven't read most of the posts on cadence - I thought I didn't have any

- but while I was riding on my trainer yesterday I counted each time my right foot went down for a minute, it was 95. What is that supposed to mean? I am not very technical can you tell? I just get out there and ride. We have very few flat areas so I am usually going uphill or down.
CorsairMac2010-05-02 19:57:02 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by trigurl

I haven't read most of the posts on cadence - I thought I didn't have any

- but while I was riding on my trainer yesterday I counted each time my right foot went down for a minute, it was 95. What is that supposed to mean? I am not very technical can you tell? I just get out there and ride. We have very few flat areas so I am usually going uphill or down.

It means you have very good cadence on the trainer! :-D
trigurl2010-05-02 21:18:19 +0000 #8
REALLY? cool

I rode again last night and counted, still around 95-96, and every now and then I would change up a few gears and ride for a couple of mins at the same cadence.

AND I had just ran 4 miles

THANKS

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