Thursday, March 26, 2009

T3 Spin and Core

It's not all that I remember! I don't think I've been to a T3 spin class in 6 weeks, maybe longer. Once spring sprang, I've been riding outside as much as possible, and avoiding the trainer. But after Monday's good spin at Gold's, and this morning's fantastic, but wet, thunderstorms, I wanted to spin again and figured why not try T3 spin again.

The evening spin classes start with a 30 minute core routine that is always brutal. At least half is ab work, plus bands to work the deep glutes and hip flexors, pushups, and hamstring curls. It really is focused on just what you need for triathlons, nothing else. I was dying just trying to keep up and I know I'm going to be sore tomorrow.

The spin class itself wasn't anything special today. First off, the music sucked. The great thing about the Gold's RPM class is that it is choreographed so that your cadence should follow the beat of the music. That helps you get into it and stay focused. T3 is just random music off an iPod, and today's selection was lame. Plus my attention kept wandering- looking at other people and their bikes, while Gold's is in a darkened room. And then my bike on the trainer is just not as steady, and we work more on high cadence, which I don't really like either. At Gold's, you can crank up on the resistance and throw your body weight to simulate a hill, and you can really work up a sweat. But of course, that's not really what you want to be doing in a triathlon- you'll expend too much energy on the bike and have nothing left for the run. So again, the T3 workout is designed to be just what you need to do triathlons. It's just not as exciting.

And then there's the team aspect. At the same time I'm drawn towards group activities, getting to know people, making connections, etc; I also work myself up that all these people will reject me, that I'm different because I don't look like a triathlete and I don't belong, and in my head I'm telling everyone that they can all go fuck themselves. And really it's all in my head, because everyone at T3 has been nothing but nice to me personally, and the annoying people are just annoying people. They're not directing their annoyingness at me. And it's amazing how much energy you can spend defending yourself and coming up with snappy comebacks from comments people haven't even made, and may never make. I try to just let it go, stay in the moment, not project opinions on to other people, but it is hard sometimes.

And finally, there's the weird intimacy of blogging. There are a number of T3ers that blog, and I have read some of their innermost thoughts. And yet, in real life, they don't know my name and there is no friedship. And that's fine, until you meet them in real life. It's like meeting a celebrity- you know all about them, and they don't know anything about you. It's a little disconcerting. And do you tell them you read their blog? What are the correct manners about that?

But anyway, good workouts today, and I've gotten a new logbook to record my workouts and plan them better. Longhorn is only 5 months and 28 days away!