Spinning as a Cycling Replacement

author : acbadger
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Question

I recently decided that I would like to start training for a triathlon in 2006. I don’t currently have a bike, or the funds to acquire one. I have recently gotten into spinning. Is this a good way to train for the biking portion until I can get a real bike?

Answer

Personally, I have to say…I’m all about spinning classes on days I cannot get out on my own bike. These classes are an excellent way to get you in good cycling condition. Granted, it is VERY different from the real thing, but during the interim, until you get yourself a good road bike (which, to aid in your funding issue, you can find for discounted prices if you hit last year model sales), spinning is a fine way to keep/get in great shape before hitting the roads.


That being said, you want to make sure that not ALL of your bike training is taking place during a 45 minute spinning class. Like I said earlier, nothing is better for your training than actually performing the exact sport, in the exact same way you are going to be doing it competing in your event.


Spinning is a VERY intense class and can be very helpful to your training depending on where you live. Being a Floridian, it is tough to get a good hill workout in (as you can imagine). Columbus was right, some of this world is flat! Almost too flat…so I turn to spinning classes to help me get that simulated hill climb. If that is the case for you, a good spinning class with changes in gears, hill climbs, seated and standing sprints, etc., is a GREAT way to challenge yourself.


Keep in mind, when you do finally purchase the bike of your dreams, that when you are outside on the roads, there are other elements to consider that you do not have to contend with in a spinning studio. Traffic, wind, inclement weather, break downs, blow outs, etc., are just a few obstacles you may run into. Be sure you attend a bike clinic (usually held at local bike shops) and learn a little bit about your bike. How to fix a flat, repair a chain, size your bike and other useful skills that help us all enjoy safe outside rides.


Until then, enjoy your indoor spinning classes! A little indoor motivation goes a long way outside!!
 

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date: October 2, 2005

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acbadger

Four Sprint Triathlons and 2 Olympic Distance Triathlons. Several marathons and Boston qualified. Because of my new found love of these sports, I got my Personal Training Certification and USAT Level I Coaching Certification so I could help others attain their goals!

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Four Sprint Triathlons and 2 Olympic Distance Triathlons. Several marathons and Boston qualified. Because of my new found love of these sports, I got my Personal Training Certification and USAT Level I Coaching Certification so I could help others attain their goals!

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