Today was a flurry of “getting stuff done”, including a great lunch with Nathan Little of SchoolAdmin, getting my state inspection updated (a month late, per tradition), and my semi-annual skin cancer screening> This was with a new dermatologist, since my attractive dermatologist moved out of Austin, and I managed to find one with expertise around skin cancer (big concern for immune suppressed folk like myself) and triathlons (she’s done a half-iron).
The never ending shopping list continues to build. This week I realized I should get a pull-buoy of my own (thing that keeps your legs afloat to swim with arms only) and look into a better bike light for night riding. Delivered this week were the new bike, swim parka, swim paddles, and kick-board. Woo hoo.
Today I rode to the T3 training center in the South Lamar area of Austin, and tried out my first T3 spin class. I started doing spin 1 year ago at the YMCA on Saturday mornings during Cedar Fever season in Austin, and found that I actually liked it. I tend to be a “grinder” (low cadence, high gear) cyclist, and so spinning was good cardio and forced me to develop more quick-twitch muscle and smooth out my stroke. But today I went to the T3 training center near South Lamar, where you bring your own bike, and ride on a trainer. To be clear for those of you unfamiliar with the term trainer, I was not riding on top of an instructor or coach, but a device that clamps on to your back tire, lifts it off the ground, and then you ride with resistance it places on your back tire. Again, “riding on a trainer” is NOT “riding on another dude.” Regardless, I own a trainer (device not dude) and have used it, but have never used one for a spin class. My legs definitely got a workout, though the cardio pain was not there as much as other spin classes I’ve done.
The coolest part of the class was the fan. Instead of having a handful of small or large fans scattered around the room, they have one ridiculous ceiling fan that looks as if a helicopter with a 30 foot blade is upside down about eight feet over your head. It’s the most intimidating fan I have ever seen, and for the first five minutes that I rode, I was trying to pull back the four weeks of structural engineering class I attended before I dropped the course, just to make sure that this thing wasn’t going to detach and mince the entire class. As a bonus, it does keep the room cool.
1.8 hours biking (1:10 class, 40 mins trip biking to class). Miles covered: 7.4 round trip to the training center, 0 miles in the training center (but lots of time…)