I never used to consider myself an “outdoorsy” person. In a lot of ways, I’m still not – I don’t do a whole lot of camping or gardening. But given my druthers, I will always choose to run, ride or swim outside versus inside. Okay, let’s make that “almost always.” I’m a total wuss in windy conditions, and today was a crazy windy day. (Seriously crazy. We’re still getting temps in the high 80s, but today topped out at around 70 degrees with 20 mph winds. Weird.)
Since today was a biking day, I opted to hop on my trainer rather than fight that wind. Let me be real honest here, the reason I usually prefer to ride outside is because riding on the trainer is HARD! When I ride outside, I’m on city streets, so even my maximum effort days have a little built-in rest time with the red lights I inevitably hit. And even though I have the resistance on my trainer set for a 70 pound woman, it takes way more effort to produce much less speed than when I’m outside, which is a bummer.
I popped in my Spinervals “No Slackers Allowed!” DVD and in less than five minutes I was wishing I had chosen the 20 mph winds. You can tell from the title that this DVD means business. I love Coach Troy, I have quite a few of these DVDs, and I frequently hear his voice in my head on tough rides, telling me to “get up out of the saddle and dance on those pedals!” Plus it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty easy on the eyes. But today? Today when he was on my TV, hollering at me to “Push! Push! Push! Drive! Drive! Drive!” I admit that I hollered back, “EFF YOU, COACH TROY, THIS IS ALL I HAVE!!”
It’s okay, there were no children around and the neighbors already think I’m a lunatic.
Sorry Megan, no helmet hair on this one, but I think I got the Freak Face just right. :-)
Even though it was brutal, it really was a great workout. I sweat so much I was afraid I was going to short out my cycle computer. Final stats: 9.5 miles in 42 minutes. (You see what I mean about the resistance setting – somehow I only managed a 13.4 mph average!)
Sweat On, Friends!