Well, it had to happen sooner or later. Time to throw the bike back on the trainer and get my indoor riding started again. The days are getting shorter – and time runs out for me to get out on the road (and……it is getting a little chillier and I can be somewhat wimpy in the colder weather).
So, as I prepared for the indoor session, I had to choose which video I have not yet reviewed. When looking through my stacks, I figured that I might as well start “at the beginning.” Spinervals 1.0 – No Slackers Allowed was one of the first of the Competition Series offered by Coach Troy and the folks at Spinervals (hence the 1.0).
Now, I’ll admit that I also chose this DVD because it touted a 45-minute session. I had mountain biked a little over 11 miles yesterday with the Juniata College Cycling Club on the Allegrippis Trail System (which I’ll report on separately) – so, admittedly, I wanted to do a shorter workout. Never mind the Difficulty Rating at 9.0 (out of 10). Nothing to worry about…
The video quality isn’t the best – and the outfits are a little bit dated – but, hey, it was done in 1997, so we’ll forgive them on both of these points. Video production and clothing styles have both been updated since. The important part is the workout itself – and this one delivers!
The setting is a beautiful lake front – which is nice to look at – but a little weird to have stationary bikes on the shores of a lake. I appreciate the fact that you don’t have to look at other people stuck inside a room, too – but it just seems so darn unnatural.
Coach Troy takes you through a number of different interval sessions – and – you can feel the burn as the sessions repeat themselves in each interval. You get sucked in to the first part – thinking that it’ll be a piece of cake – only to find out that it does in fact wear you out as you keep progressing through the intervals.
You get superspin training. You get to crank the hard gears – both sitting and standing. You even get to do a simulated prologue time trial for about 5 minutes – going at 100% exertion with Coach Troy yelling at you (in a supportive way, of course) to keep going hard through the entire time. To complete the Tour de France simulation, he should stand behind a car door and yell through a radio (but that’d just be silly…).
I think my favorite interval section is the last one. You start off doing a superspin in an easy gear. Switch up to the hardest gear ratio to spin hard for a few more seconds. Then, you end in a standing sprint. You do that a number of times to finish out the workout.
Then the cool-down comes, with about 6 minutes left. Ahhhhhhh! Nice easy spinning after a tough workout. Coach Troy starts congratulating you and…..hey! A few of the riders start getting off their bikes! What’s up with that?!? Editing didn’t catch it – and they’re all back on the bikes to get the final “thank you” from Coach Troy. I guess I’ll forgive them.
Just then, it happens again! A few minutes left and the cyclists stop and dismount. I find myself yelling at the screen telling them to quit wimping out and get back on their bikes and finish the session. Yeah! I yell at the screen – but it’s all part of the fun. The credits start rolling against a black screen – so I guess I wouldn’t see them riding anyway. The cajoling of the riders for stopping early just lets me feel a bit superior to them (that’s right pro-triathlete and pro-duathlete, I outlasted both of you!). 🙂
See proof in that photo to the right ————————>
All joking aside, this DVD workout (or direct download) is a good one to have in your collection. At 45 minutes, it’s easy to fit in – but it’s not super-easy to do. I think you’ll be happy adding this one to your collection!
Here’s a quick link if you’re looking to pick this one up: