Posts Tagged ‘spinning intervals’


Moving Time

August 29, 2010

Hey there!  Thanks for visiting, but SpinCycles has moved to a new home:

What are you waiting for?  Go check it out!


TDF 2010

July 18, 2010

Have you been watching?  I have…well, sporadically anyway.  I was so motivated by the racing that I had it set in my mind that this week I wanted to teach a profile inspired by this incredible race.  Rather than creating my own (we all know most of my free time last week was spent Body Pumping my brains out) I did the only thing I know how:  Google it!

In addition to a kick ass TDF profile, I found another great group fitness site:  GroupFitPowerFor Saturday’s ride I borrowed Krista’s Spinning Profile:  TDF 2007, Stage 15 (SEZ).  You can find her post about this ride by clicking herealthough it was originally designed by Patrick Schutte.  Don’t you just love that about the Spinning community?  We all genuinely help each other out and in turn, we all become better instructors. 

I made a few musical changes & had to eliminate one song completely to adhere to our 45 minute class layout.  My playlist ended up looking like this: 

Walk On the Wild Side—DJ Disse (7:09)

Break On Through—DJ Disse (5:57)

Crash—Cavo (3:15)

Fever—Black Lagoon (4:02)

Wild and Young—American Bang (3:36)

Every Morning—Basshunter (3:16)

Fall With Me—Son of the Velvet Rat (3:01)

Hush—Kula Shaker (2:56)

Dilruba (Andy Gray Grayed Out Remix)—Niyaz (8:01)

Ever Think About Me?—Josh Harris (2:30)

Cochise—Audioslave (3:42)

One of Those Days—Joshua Radin (3:03)

I’d Rather Be With You—Joshua Radin (2:49)

This was an amazing ride & once again I was impressed by how hard everyone worked!  You can find my iTunes iMix here

A couple of updates before I call it a night: 

  1. I’m out of town next weekend, but Tal (yes, that Tal…the one and only “original” 10am Saturday Spinning instructor) will teach my Saturday class for me.    
  2. My inaugural Monday  6:30pm Spinning class kicks off at WSC-Alexandria tomorrow
  3. I haven’t gone back to Tidal EPC for my Active Metabolic Re-Test  (yet.)  I got a little out of sync with my training schedule about a week ago (i.e. took about 5 days off).   But I’m back on track.  My super-elaborate tracking system for remembering which base-building workout I’m supposed to be following : 


Hey, if it’s important…it goes on my hand!  The good news is that I have noticed a difference in my work-outs.   I’m going to stretch out the training just about 1 more week & then head back for re-testing the first week of August.  Can’t wait!

Be well– 


Let’s Pretend

July 11, 2010

Let’s pretend this weekend was last weekend…’mkay?  So, Happy 4th of July!  Fireworks!   BBQ’s!  Red-white-blue and other things associated with Independence Day!  The highlight of our weekend was a hot little trip to the beach. 

Sooo perfect!  If I closed my eyes and concentrated real hard, it was like we were back in Mexico.   Hmmmm…Mexico. 

But, prior to the beach I taught an awesome (little aside here..I think I overuse that word…awesome, awesome, and awesome) ride on Saturday morning.  The class was full and the energy was sky high!  It was a great ride. 

Spinning #63  9 songs, 47 minutes:  this is a strength energy zone profile and consists of 2 hills, but not much else.  You can find the iTunes playlist here

What Part of Forever (Johan Hugo Remix)—Cee Lo Green (4: 52)  Are you ready to climb today?  Let’s get warmed up!  Keep work in the strength interval zone:  75-85% of max HR. Constant resistance—moderate to heavy load on the flywheel.  RPM’s between 60-80.

Let It Happen—Jimmy Eat World (3:26)  Standing flat.  Start to bring your heart rate up to 65-75% of max

It’s Thunder and It’s Lightening—We Were Promised Jetpacks (4:49)  Seated hill.  Progressive resistance loading.  Add resistance every 1 minute.  Keep it aerobic!  Breathe and relax. 

Pride—Syntax (6:17)  Stay in Seated Climb.  Adjust resistance based on HR or perceived exertion.  Take a butt break at the 3 minute mark, but settle back after about 30-45 seconds ( I couldn’t find this on Amazon, but it’s an amazing song.  Please check it out on iTunes)

Leave the Memories Alone—Fuel (3:58)  Last leg of our first seated climb.  AT 1:43 make the hill steeper & stronger.  Power up at 2:30…finish out of the saddle and be strong! 

High Roller—The Crystal Method (5:30)  Seated flat until 1min, let your heart rate settle down.  Find your focus, the next hill is beginning now:  Turn resistance knob so you have to come out of the saddle.  Stand until 3: 38min…then sit.  (the song kind of peters out at the 4 minute mark.  I fast forwarded to the next song so I wouldn’t lose momentum)

Weapon of Choice—Fatboy Slim (5:46)  Jumps on a hill…simulated switchbacks.   Work on smooth transitions.  Use even 8 counts in the saddle 8 counts out.  

Climbatize—The Prodigy (6:37)  Last leg of our final climb.  In the saddle for 3 minutes.  Shut your eyes, focus on intensity.  This will be the most intense of our whole class.  Start standing, sit for about a minute ½ way through and finish strong out of the saddle.   

Chakra Dance (Radio Edit)—Brent Lewis (5:56)  Cool down and stretch (can’t find this one on Amazon either!)

Benefits of strength rides like this: 

  • Helps your relax and focus during a challenging workout
  • Psychological intensity will increase
  • Improves muscular endurance
  • Sharpens climbing skills and strength

 With the new WSC-Alexandria Summer Schedule in full effect, here’s my new teaching schedule:

  • Monday 6:30pm Spinning (Alex will teach tomorrow, but I take over next week)
  • Tuesday 6:15am Spinning
  • Saturday 10am Spinning
  • Saturday 11am Total Body Conditioning (I will be sharing this class with Sara)

And, I personally think this is the most exciting change, I’m going to be teaching Body Pump at XSport Fitness in Merrifield!  Since the pilot BP program at WSC ended about a month ago I feared my Les Mills days were in my past.  I was more than a little mopey about it, so imagine my excitement when I heard XSport was hiring!  My audition was a couple of weeks ago; I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to jinx it.  But it’s official now….my new class is Tuesday at 6:30pm!  By the way, Release 74 launches this week, who-hoo! 


–you’ll have to excuse me, as I have a little, ahem, memorization of a track or two to take care of tonight. 


Post WSSC Glow

June 14, 2010

Happy Monday!  I can, with confidence, say that I have fully recovered from WSSC…it took sleeping in until 10am on Sunday morning (scandalous), but I feel totally back to normal.  Oh, and a trip to our neighborhood pool helped a little with my recovery as well…which I think may need to be a weekly occurrence.  With the proper amount of sun block, of course. 

(can you guess who’s head is peaking over the side?)

Saturday’s class was the first profile I have created and taught since WSSC; those of you who were there may have noticed some differences, namely the music.  Little more trance/techno than typical for me. 

Of the many realizations I had at WSSC, one of them was the ability to really lose yourself on the bike and find your zone when the music was right.  I found that during the rides where there were a lot of lyrics competing for my thoughts I couldn’t as easily get into the zone, but when you just had a beat to move to (i.e. Taiko drumming) my mind shut down & I was able to focus… which is part of the reason I moved away from my typical music selections for this playlist.  Besides, it’s a good thing to mix it up a little every now and then….keeps them guessing!

Another WSSC conclusion I came to was remembering and appreciating how much fun it is to ride as a participant.  Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching…I would be happy as a clam if I could teach spinning 8 hours a day…but there’s a different perspective and energy when you are part of the audience.  No pressure, no thinking, just riding.  And so, on Saturday for our final working song I decided to jump off my stage bike and join the group.  And turn my mic off.  It was fantastic!  What a different outlook.  But what I liked best was the feeling of riding with a group, really hearing the pedals and the breathing.  Awesome.   

You will not find an iTunes playlist for Saturday’s ride.  A lot of the songs came from this CD (you can buy it here)

A little WSSC gift I picked up in Miami. 

Spinning #60:  11 songs, 48.4 minutes.  It’s all about choices…you get to choose your workout effort, your cadence, you tension, and even your riding position. 

Ego Trip (cirrus Remix)—Keoki (5:46)  Warm up.  Seated or standing, your choice.  At 4:07 pick up the pace.   

Gearbox—Todd Haberman (2:11)  Add resistance, stand at 0:27 find a comfortable pace.   At 1:00 drive it faster.

Eclipse (All Yours)—Metric (3:45)  Same resistance.   Steady pace at this resistance…be honest.  Fine tune your pedal stroke.  Accelerate with the music (seated or standing, your choice.)  Quick drink at the end if you need it. 

Superstylin’—Groove Armada (6:01)  Big hill…3 tweaks to the top, start right away with the first resistance change.   At 2 min dial in 2nd resistance change.   At 4min give me that 3rd and final resistance change.  If you need power—do your thing out of the saddle. 

Jonathan Low—Vampire Weekend (3:33)  Roll down that hill.  Grab a drink.  Game face on at 2:00…bring your bike back to life.  Seated or standing….your choice.    

Pizza Huh (Das Racist vs. The Rapture)—dj lobsterdust (3:18)  30 second jumps, alternating with standing run.  Make your feet dance.  Jump at your own pace.  Smile!  Hungry?

Lay It Down—Catalyst (5:27)  Melt into the saddle…seated climb.  Add resistance to force your feet to slow.  We will keep this resistance the whole climb so choose wisely.  It’s all about endurance….physically and mentally.  

Rollin’ Tumblin’ (Remix)—R.L. Burnside (4:13)  Standing climb.  Heavier…same rules…pick your tension & hold it.  Tackle this hill. 

Praan—Garry Schyman (4:29)  Final working song.  This is yours…take it for what it is.  Your ride, your choice, do whatever feels right.  Fall into the rhythm.   

Free Fallin’ (Live)—John Mayer (4:24)  Cool Down.

Guru Ram Das Chant—GuruGanesha Singh (5:26)  Stretch & good bye.

So what do you think?  Love it?  Hate it?  Somewhere in-between?   Who knows what we’ll do next week……………


This Is Happening

May 25, 2010

Hey there!  Look at me, I’m actually posting something!  So sorry about the delay.  I’ll explain what I have been up to at the end of the profile (other than watching hours of the Lost finale).  But I will give you a hint…it has something to do with filling my grocery cart with stuff like this:


I felt so guilty buying some of this (did you see those Lean Pockets…if you know me at all, you know that is not something I purchase often, or ever.) 

Okay, enough stalling, lets get on with the show.  This is Spinning profile #58.  The playlist can be found on iTunes iMixes by clicking here

11 songs, 46.4 minutes  Intervals mixed with 2 longish hills…one at the beginning, one at the end.     

Lights & Music—Cut Copy (4:37)  Warm Up, do some light stretching.  Loosen up and get ready to go…low shoulders, loose arms, relaxed grip, steady head, eyes focused

Broken—Lucky Boys Confusion (3:06)  Flat road riding into a headwind…old fashioned speed work on the chorus

Cobrastyle—Teddybears featuring Mad Cobra (3:00)  30 seconds in the saddle, 30 seconds out.  Add a nudge of resistance after each interval

Gimme Freaks (Rolling Stones vs.  Moguai & Tocadisco)—DJ Earworm (6:49)  The first of two climbs.  Increase tension every 1 minute.  Seated or standing…whatever you want.  (this song is linked to DJ Earworm’s site where you can download it for free!)

Walls—Shout Out Louds (3:21)  Spin it out and recover for the first 1:30 (longer if you need it).  Find a tension where you feel comfortable and just slightly out of breath.  You should be to smile!   Faster at 2min (you’ll hear it in the music.)

True Faith—Anberlin (3:42)  Add some more tension, take a big deep breath and push the cadence at the chorus…all the way to the next verse. 

Stay—The Attorneys (4:41)  Keep the tension where it was from the last song—we’re rolling right into our next set of stairs.  Advanced riders…bump up the tension.  30 seconds in 30 seconds out  (this is a great song, but I can’t find it on Amazon any where…sorry guys!)

Pow Pow—LCD Soundsystem (8:23)  Our second, and final climb.  Same as the first, add resistance every 1 minute.   Be honest with your tension and effort.   Push.  Dig. Believe.  Focus.  Want it. Get it. Own it.  Be it.  Feel it.   (bad word alert at 4:13…but you barely hear it)

Go—Mustard Plug (2:08)  Last effort.  Lighten up, have a seat if you aren’t already there.  Imagine yourself shot from a cannon…BOOM!  Take a big breath and GO!  Push through all the way till the song ends.  It’s the only way to get stronger.  GOOOO! 

Sunday Afternoon—Lucky Boys Confusion (3:50)  Cool down and stretch

End Times—Eels (2:58)  more stretches off the bike. 

Okay, so here is the new and good stuff that has made my life sooooo busy (in a good way) :  it’s called getting my new business off the ground.  That’s right!  MY NEW BUSINESS:  Soma Solutions.    We are officially open!  You can check out our website: to see what we are all about.      

This is my new home away from home: 

And that grocery cart full of food (some healthy, some not-so-much) has been transformed into my nutrition education room: 

So what exactly will I be doing?  You’re looking at your new Fitness Nutrition Coach/Health Counselor.  I will be working with people on how to improve their diet and lifestyle.  This really is a life-long dream for me.  I am so jazzed about being able to counsel others around food and lifestyle choices…supporting them to create happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives. 

And the icing on the cake is this amazing distance learning process I have enrolled in.  (I know I’m not supposed end a sentence in a preposition, but I wasn’t sure how else to write that….hey, I’m studying nutrition, not grammar.)  Though I have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, am a Registered Nurse and have a Fitness Nutrition certification…I want to know more!  The answer to that need came in the form of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.  This is such an amazing program & I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would.  It’s so awesome and makes me miss college a little. 

So that’s what is going on with me.  You will likely hear much more about all of this in the near (and far) future.  In the meantime, please check out our website and let me know what you think! 

–See you Saturday!


Happy Easter!

April 4, 2010

As you have probably figured out, holidays for me are associated with some sort of dietary indulgence/sweet treat….and this weekend was no different.  As much as I wanted to handout Cadbury marshmallow peeps to my dedicated spinners on Saturday morning…have some sugar, corn syrup, gelatin & a bunch of artificial flavors… I just couldn’t & wouldn’t do that. 

Instead everyone got their choice of Twin Cakes’ Vanilla Kremes, Cocoa Kremes, or Brownie Bites.  Yum!  And I don’t even feel guilty.  Why?  Because these delicious treats are:  Raw, alkaline, vegan & gluten-free (in addition to be totally mouth-watering!)  Love it!   

The twins were even nice enough to individually wrap each little snack bite so our sweaty post-ride fingers wouldn’t get sticky as we were reaching into the goodie bags. 

Thank you Michelle & Lori!  Check out their blog for their story & more info on eating raw:  Pure2Raw.

A lot of exciting changes have been happening in my life lately.  Which is all good…except those things left me a little short on time this week to create a new profile & playlist that was worthy.  I decided to use one from Jan 9th with a few modifications.  It was originally intended to be ridden as high intensity sliding intervals.  But I wasn’t getting that vibe from the class on Saturday.  Instead I just taught it like a good old fashioned interval class.  The profile is 4 repeating blocks of work, each with same sequence of movements and a recovery in between. 

As I mentioned at the end of class on Saturday, most of my playlists I like…but some of them…some of them I love.  This is one of those that I love! 

Find this playlist on iTunes at Spinning Spincycles #53 12 songs, 47.8 minutes


Houses—Great Northern (4:18)


Save the Lies—Gabriella Cilmi (3:39)  0-1:52 Seated Flat….1:52-3:30 Standing Flat

 Closer to the Edge—30 Seconds to Mars (4:33) 0-1:30 Seated Climb……1:30-3:20 Standing Climb…..3:20-4:33 Seated Climb


Dancing With Myself—The Donnas (3:28)  0-1:00 Seated Flat….1:00-1:58 Seated Flat…..1:58-3:28 Standing Flat

Surround—In-Flight safety (4:39)  0- 1:13 Seated Climb…..1:13-3:22 Standing Climb…..3:22-4:39 Seated Climb


I’m Your  Daddy—Weezer (3:09)  Seated Flat (75-80%)  Back off and breathe.  Take this recovery where you need it to be.  Two more blocks of work are ahead. 


Beautiful Thieves—AFI (3:46)  0-1:50 Seated Flat…..1:50-3:46 Standing Flat

Push It—Garbage (4:03)    0-1:15 Seated Climb…..1:15-1:57 Standing Climb……1:57-4:03 Seated Climb


Mrs. Robinson (Remastered)—The Lemonheads (3:46)     0-1:00 Seated Flat  Relax and breathe.  Recharge your legs and recover.   1:00-2:00 Seated Flat Back to work………………2:00-3:46 Standing Flat

Don’t Look Back In Anger (Live at Wembley Stadium, 2000)—Oasis (5:28)    0-1:33 Seated Climb…….1:33-3:00 Standing Climb…….3:00-4: 49 ** Seated Climb (**one suggestion:  fast forward to end of the song because of some potentially offensive words)


Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa—Vampire Weekend (3:35)

All We Are—Matt Nathanson (3:37)

And so, the eggs have been hunted.  The chocolate bunnies have been eaten.  And the ___________ (insert drink of your choice…for me, the summer Sangria made an early appearance this weekend) has been drunk.  Easter is officially over. 

–‘Till next week!



Here they come, here they come

March 28, 2010

This entire past week I have been driving a rental car.   The Jeep is in the shop…more on that in a second.  When I get in the rental and turn the key a very distinct tone chimes:  “do do do, do do do” while simultaneously reminding me I’m driving a Ford Focus. 

Except this “do do do” reminds me of the first lines of Remy Zero’s Gramary: Here they come, here they come.  Every single time I turn on the car… Here they come, here they come.  Here they come and they might as well.  I can’t help myself from singing it, the mental playlist in my head.  Every single time I get in my car I must sing this song (usually out loud).  So of course I had to include it in my actual Spinning playlist this week…you know, just to torture myself a bit more. 

Now to address why the Jeep has been in the shop.  There was a small incident at IKEA involving a cement pillar.  Damn that pillar for sneaking up and scaring me like that.  There I was innocently backing out of a parking spot (okay, maybe I was in a bit of a hurry) when CRUNCH! my Jeep abruptly came to a stop.  I was stuck, like really wedged in there. 

So here’s my dilemma:  do I continue reversing or would pulling forward be best?  Either way I was going to have to apply some gas ‘cause I’m truly stuck.  I decided to reverse…which may not have been the wisest choice…….

I’d like to dedicate this week’s playlist to my little Ford Focus rental.  Spinning #52  12 Songs 47 minutes.  You’ll find a little bit of everything in this profile as well as a couple of hills for strength/endurance thrown in at the end.   

Find our playlist on iTunes at Spinning Spincycles #52

Doomed Now—Does It Offend You, Yeah? (3:41)  Seated flat warm up.

Animal—Neon Trees (3:32)  Continue to warm up by incorporating standing flat on the chorus alternating with seated flat. 

Go Go Go—John Murphy (2:11)  Oh the drama.  Very steep, very short seated climb.  We have 4 chances to add resistance and climb to the top…add tension every 30 seconds. 

Quiet Little Voices—We Were Promised Jetpacks (4:21)  Out of the saddle running with resistance x 1 minute….seated climb x 1 minute….lighten up for active recovery x 1 minute….add tension back on and start running with resistance at 3 minutes through the end of the song. 

Heads Will Roll—Yeah Yeah Yeahs (3:41)  Recovery for first 1:15….turn it up to a medium resistance & pick up the pace in a seated flat.  Speed surges on the chorus. 

This Aching Deal—Shocking Pinks (2:31)  Seated climb resistance.  In and out of the saddle every 15 seconds.  Same pace, same resistance, different position. 

Baptized By Fire—Spinnerette (4:35)  Stay in your seated climb x 1 minute.  Running with resistance x25 seconds (on the chorus).  Seated climb to 2:05…come up to a run with resistance until 2:35.  You guessed it, sit back down and move those pedals…standing run at 3:15 through the end of the song (or until the music slows)

Old White Lincoln—The Gaslight Anthem (3:30)  Recover x 1:30, then right back to work.  Medium tension…pick up the pace.  Advanced riders…make it just a little heavier (like you are riding into a headwind).  Slow down a little after the chorus. 

Hearing Damage—Thom Yorke (5:05)  Seated climb x 2 minutes, standing climb x 2 minutes….last minute is your choice of seated or standing.  (hmmmm, can you guess which DVD and corresponding soundtrack has been in rotation in my house lately?)

Veronica Sawyer Smokes—AFI (2:44)   Seated flat relative recovery if needed.  At 1:02 standing flat.   A little faster on the chorus. 

Gramary—Remy Zero (5:16)  Grab a quick drink with a medium resistance.  Our approach road to our last climb is the first 1 minute.  Seated climb x 1 minute.  Standing climb (breathe  to find your own inner rhythm) for final 3:16.  All the way to the end.  Advanced riders add a little more resistance every minute.

Friends, Lovers Or Nothing—John Mayer (5:59)  Cool down and stretch. 

Next week is Easter, but I will be teaching our 10am Saturday Spinning.  Lord knows I’m going to need a little extra calorie burn to overcome my Easter-arch nemesis:  marshmallow and chocolate…which you can now find like this: 

 (I think they may be trying to kill me…but oh what a sticky-sweet death it will be)


Houston, we have a problem…

February 28, 2010

I decided last week that I was more-than overdue for a new heart rate monitor.  I have an old one, but all it does is literally register your heart rate…and your neighbors next to you on the treadmill or the person walking anywhere near you.  It was time to upgrade. 

Isn’t it pretty?    It’s the Polar F6, just like the one the Fitnessista used to use.  It’s a fairly basic model, but it has a feature to record number of calories burned, which is really what I have been most concerned about lately (you know, the whole calories in vs. calories out).  I feel like I’m enough in-touch with my body that I can come close to predicting my HR based on rate of perceived of exertion…but number of calories?  Not a clue.  I love it, but have to re-read the directions today to figure out how to turn off the volume.  During its inaugural ride on Saturday, beep, beep, beep, beep was all I could hear.  I eventually turned it off the calorie count feature (which stopped the beeping), but am looking forward to using it tomorrow night at Body Pump…or maybe later today if I get my act together and go running.   

Here is our playlist and profile from Saturday:  Spinning #48 (11 Songs, 50.1 minutes).  Find all the songs except the DJ Earworm song on iTunes at Spinning Spincycles #48

This is a profile based on Gina Ferrara’s ride titled Sunday Morning Decompressions from  We will incorporate four hills with flats in-between keeping our focus on maintaining a heart rate between 70%-80%MHR.  Big thanks to Mel for 2 awesome song suggestions:  Adagio for Strings and Ali In the Jungle…which will totally rock your face (and legs) off!

Adagio for Strings—Tiesto (5:58)   Seated flat warm up. 

Deep Space—John Stanford (8:09)   Increase resistance for a slow and steady climb.  Focus on breathing, cadence and stay seated the entire song.  Increase resistance every 2 minutes to increase heart rate.  Lighten up on resistance for last 1 minute to decrease heart rate. 

Electrify—Mute Math (3:49) Seated Flat.  Utilize breathing techniques to control and maintain heart rate. 

Burn—The Cure (6:36) Time for another climb.  Maintain an aerobic heart rate (75-80% MHR).  Riders’ choice of seated, standing or combo of both. 

Collide—Dishwalla (4:48) Back to the flats.  Smooth pedal strokes, breathe.  Let HR drop to 70% MHR.

Ali In the Jungle—The Hours (4:37)   Seated climb.  The whole time.  Add resistance every 1 minute. 

Liar (It Takes One to Know One)—Taking Back Sunday (3:10) Flat road, speed surges with the music. 

Love and Wonder (Club Edit)—DJ Earworm (4:29) 4th and final climb of the day…make it count.  Standing climb.  Advanced riders:  Increase resistance every 1 minute…sit down x15 seconds every 45 seconds (before adding resistance.)  You won’t find this song on iTunes…click on the link & it will take you to DJ Earworm’s site. 

Friendly Fire—The Federalists (2:37) Take a couple of minutes to slow down and cool down on an easy seated flat

My Own Two Hands—Ben Harper & Jack Johnson (3:00) Stretches off the bike

Who Says—John Mayer (3:00) Extra stretching time if you need it.  Don’t you just luve this song?  You realize since the concert last weekend I might have to go a little heavy on the JM until I get him out of my system. 

Now that I think about it, Saturday was full of little technical quirks that I’m not sure if anyone else was even aware of.  First of all, my beeping heart rate monitor.  Secondly, I’m now wearing a microphone a la Britney and Madonna…


Yeah, I feel just like a rock star (not)…I’m such a dork!  Who even says that anymore? (Me!)  Anyway, it’s weird, I love using the mic during Body Pump.  But there’s something about spinning with it that makes me feel really awkward.  Like there’s a barrier between me and everyone else in the class…as if I’m wearing a helmet or welding mask.  Or maybe I’m just getting distracted by the sound of my own voice.  It’s bizarre, like when you hear yourself recorded and think is that really how I sound, I had no idea! 

The third technical snafu was with my iPod.  Specifically, my iPod Touch… who also made its inaugural Spinning debut on Saturday.  I forgot to sync my nano before I left for the gym so I was forced to use my touch.  Which is fine, I’ve used it in Body Pump before, but in Spinning I need to be able the screen on and unlocked the whole time.  Of course on Saturday I couldn’t figure out how to keep the backlight lit on the screen, so I wasn’t really ever sure how much time was left in our climb or sprint interval.  There’s got to be a way to keep the light on the whole time…if you know, please enlighten me (ha ha, enlighten, yes I’m a dork, that has been well established)  On Saturday, while everyone was sweating it out on the bike this is what my internal dialog sounded like:

Beep, beep, beep….is that my heart rate?  Can anyone else hear that?  Or does it sound like its part of the music?  Will it get faster when my heart rate accelerates?  I remember reading about turning off the volume, but I don’t know if I can figure it out right now, I’ll just have to turn off the calorie counting feature. Add a little more resistance as we begin our first climb of the day!  Do I seriously sound like that?  What if I lower my voice is that better?  Maintain a perfect pedal stroke!  Now I sound breathy, like a damn sex operator.  How much time is left in this song?  I think it’s eight minutes in length, we’ve probably ridden for 4 so maybe we’re half-way up the hill…okay, I’ll go with that but I’m going to keep track of the minutes on my fingers so I don’t forget.   

Argh!  Conclusion:   I live in my head waaaaay too much.

Speaking of learning new features of my iPod, thanks to Cynthia over at Spinning Music I recently learned how to eliminate the break between songs so one flows right into the next.  Its super simple:  go to iTunes/Preferences/Playback. You’ll see a check box for crossfade. Check it and set it to the minimum – 1 second.  I can’t believe I never knew I could do that, it makes a HUGE difference in the flow of class. 

Speaking of Cynthia (what a nice transition)…huge congratulations are in order as she is expecting a little girl this April!  While she is on maternity leave preparing to welcome her little spinner into the world she is planning to have guest bloggers post on Spinning Music.  Isn’t that nice of her not to abandon her blog?  I will be a guest poster on May 22nd…I have no idea what I’m going to post about (well, other than Spinning)…but the pressure is on, and it’s going to have to be good.  I’ll remind you as we get closer to the date

 Okay, one last little story that is not at all related to Spinning, but interesting nonetheless.  I spent part of Friday night at Zaytinya in DC celebrating a good friend’s birthday…our waitress, though very nice, responded by enthusiastically stating “Absolutely!” after every order or request was placed.  Every single time! No joke.   

Could I get the mushrooms and scallops? 


And I’ll take the lamb bahar and the eggplant. 


Could I have another Aphrodite’s Pear?


By the way, would you take this fork and jab it in my eye? 




What is this deal with this?  Has anyone else noticed their waiter and waitresses doing this?  Take note the next time you are out to dinner.  I found it highly annoying…almost as annoying as hearing my own voice during spinning, but not quite. 

–Spin On! 



I Heart You!

February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Birthday blog!  I cannot believe it has been a year since I officially (and somewhat tentatively) started this little blog.  And my how it has grown…. 

As of this evening I have had a grand total of 19,564 hits (I love you, thank you for visiting, and come back again).  And to think, I was worried no one was going to visit.   

A GIANT thank you to my top three referrer (is that even a word?) websites:  Spinning Music, Leave It On the Bike, and Spinning Mixes (click on the names to visit their individual sites, ‘cause they rock!)

A little reflection:  Since starting this blog I have picked up another Spinning Class (Tuesdays 6:15am WSC-Alexandria)…Participated (and successfully completed) Body Pump training…

…now teach 2 Body Pump classes (Monday 6:30pm WSC-Alexandria & Wednesday 6pm WSC-West Springfield)…finished my Fitness Nutrition Course…and as of this evening completed an AFAA Group Exercise course (the verdict is still out on whether I passed this or not…have to wait a whole 6 weeks for test results).    

I owe it all to you, thank you for checking out my blog and leaving comments and inspiring me to be a better instructor.  Thank you for all of your music suggestions.  Thank you for putting up with my prattling about all things vampire (but seriously, how amazing was Thursday’s Vamp Dairies?!?!).  Thank you….okay, okay, before I get all mushy let’s get to Saturday’s playlist.  Find the complete playlist on iTunes at Spinning Spincycles #46 .

The goal of this profile is to mix up some cardio-inspired intervals with some heavy muscle-building strength work.  You know what that means…speed surges and climbs.  Gotta love it! 

Bohemian Like You—The Dandy Warhols (3:32)  Warm up with an easy spin

Murder City—Green Day (2:54)  Bump up the intensity.  Strong, consistent out-of the saddle jog.  Medium resistance, medium speed.

Kiss With a Fist—Florence + The Machine (2:04)  More resistance.  Fast climb to scamper up our first hill.  At 1:30 (instrumental) drop a little of the resistance, have a seat and spin fast downhill.

Major Tom—Shiny Toy Guns (4:22)  Warm-up resistance in the saddle for 1 minute.  Progressively add resistance every 1 min.  Stay strong in the saddle and climb.  Slower cadence this time. 

Day ‘n’ Nite (Crookers Remix)—Kid Cudi (4:41)  Flat road.  Start to pick up the pace.  Medium resistance.  Bored?  1 minute in the saddle, 1 minute standing run. 

No Sleep Tonight—The Faders (2:59)  Add another gear.  3 Speed surges at: 0:33—in the saddle, surge at 1:20—in the saddle, surge 2:19—out of the saddle and hold the speed until the end of the song

Floating Vibes—Surfer Blood (4:00)  Another hill.  Add a big gear and stand with hands in 3.  Slow and steady.  Find your groove and settle in.  Advanced riders:  add a gear at 2:00. 

We Used to Be Friends—The Dandy Warhols (3:20) Medium resistance.  Speed at: 0:45—out of the saddle (sit after the surge is over), 1:23—out of the saddle, and 2:44—in the saddle and hold the speed until the end of the song

When You’re Ready—Kate Earl (4:10)  Heavy resistance in the saddle, slow down your pace.  Progressively add resistance every 1 minute….stand and climb on the chorus. 

Top of the World—The All-American Rejects (3:24)  More speed work.  Drop off the resistance a little (just a little) and have a seat.  Fast spin.  Advanced riders:  add resistance after each speed surge…0:45 surge—in the saddle, 1:45 surge—out of the saddle, and 2:54 surge—in the saddle all the way to the end of the song

Ten Million Slaves—Otis Taylor (4:10)  Last push to the top.  Heavy gear, find your inspiration.  1 minute out of the saddle, alternating with 1 minute in the saddle to really burn your quads.    Can you handle it?  Add another gear each minute. 

Love—Matt White (2:50)  Cool down

Glitter In the Air—P!nk (3:48)  Stretch off the bike. 

Next on my radar– WSSC 2010Woo-hoo!  I am so excited, despite the fact it isn’t until June.  Let me know if you are going and we’ll make plans to meet up.  It’s going to be so great, I just know it!  Watch out Miami, here I come!

–Spin on!


Is everybody in?

January 31, 2010

One word:  cranky.  Yep, that sums up my attitude today.  Ever have one of those days where you just wake up in a bad mood?  Nothing in particular set me off, there was no excuse for my mood.  (Though I now understand the saying “got up on the wrong side of the bed.”)  Neither brunch could this morning, or 60 minutes of spinning kick it out of me.  So I have decided to just embrace my grouchiness.  Grrrrrr….I will stay under this black cloud of blah for as long as it takes, but I hope it will be gone by tomorrow morning.  I don’t look good in a bad mood

Find Saturday’s playlist (well, 9 out of 11 songs) on iTunes iMixes at Spincycles #45  This is a challenging profile that will push you out of your comfort zone.

Break On Through—DJ Disse (5:57)  Warm up.  Focus on breathing and finding the perfect pedal stroke.  Stand and run at 4:20 x 45 seconds.

Papillon—Editors (5:24)  Add resistance to increase heart rate.  1 minute seated flat alternate with 1 minute standing flat.  Advanced riders=progressively add resistance every 2 minutes

Jigsaw Falling Into Place—Radiohead (4:09)  Slow it down and recover for 1 minute if you need it.  This is our first hill.  Seated Climb (60-80 RPM), resistance is challenging.  Find your focus

Bodyrock—Moby (3:36)  Add more resistance, standing climb x 2 minutes.  Decrease resistance back to seated climb feel for 1 minute 30 for active recovery. 

Around the World (Radio Edit)—Daft Punk (3:59)  Keep that resistance.  Seated climb alternating with standing climb every 30 seconds.  Advanced riders=add a touch more gear every minute. 

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea—Black Mustang (3:50)  Seated flat.  Little heavier than is comfortable (but not a hill)….like you are riding into the wind.  Speed surges on the chorus. This song isn’t on Amazon, you’ll have to get it from iTunes.

Purple Bounce—dj Lobsterdust (3:32)  Faster climb, this is a steep hill…power up it.  Add a gear every 30 seconds until your legs begin to feel overpowered.  Then jump to hands in 3 to get on top of the gear and transition back into the saddle and continue.  (I think this the 3rd week in a row I’ve used a mash-up from dj Lobsterdust…I may be in luv)

Gold Guns Girls-Metric (4:05)  Back in the saddle and enjoy the flat open road.  Take a recovery if you need it.  Otherwise, start to accelerate for 20 second speed surges at….0:59, 2:14, and 3:20

Out of the Blue—Julian Casablancas (4:41)  Add on the gear.  Running with resistance x 1:20.  Seated flat for quick recovery.  Run with resistance at 2:15-3:15.  Quick recovery.  Run through the finish line at 3:40. 

One Day—Matisyahu (3:28)  Cool down and recover. 

Dare To Live—Andrea Bocelli (4:09)  Stretch.   

My schedule is the same this week as last:

  • Monday 6:30pm Body Pump WSC-Alexandria
  • Tuesday 6:15am Spinning WSC-Alexandria
  • Wednesday 6pm Body Pump WSC-West Springfield
  • Saturday 10am Spinning WSC-Alexandria

UPDATE:  I just found the cure for my foul-mood…Green Day’s amazing performance at the Grammy’s tonight.  My breath…taken away.  I might have to trek up to NYC this spring to see American Idiot on Broadway. 

UPDATE #2:  Pink’s performance.  Bad mood, definitely gone.  Am smiling, and totally speechless!  (Yes, I’m watching the Grammy’s while I post)

–Spin on my friends, spin on….


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