Thursday, March 4, 2010

Crushing workout and postponed TT

I had a crushing and boring cycling workout on Wednesday eve. I wanted to claw my eyes out. It was looong, sustained intervals to really bad music. Will someone please buy that guy and iTunes card or make him a 'mix tape?' For the love of Pete, I don't even care if it's old tunes, 80's tunes, rock tunes, SOMETHING to help with those intervals. I'm not sure, I think they were about 20 minutes each or so. I thought I was going to flip out in the last 10 minutes, I kinda did.

First things first - this is an indoor cycling class on computrainers. Everyone's stats are posted on the wall. This particular class only had two chicks, me and another (small) girl. The Treadmill Affect - when your stats are on the wall, it DOES keep you honest, you can't dial down your spin bike with no one knowing, you can't fake 110RPMs, you can't fake power. Just like when you're on a treadmill and you walk into something that's not your 'regular people' everyone is sizing the other up. Well, this is just pointless since it's just me and another girl across the room. All the guys (on my side, about 4) are well into 250s threshold, one beast was 365, I think. There is NO sense in even trying to 'hold on' to these guys during this ride. They ARE stronger, just a fact at this point, his calves were enormous! Anyway, some guy, didn't seem to like the fact that I was 'beating him.' He dialed down his threshold to match mine and then below mine to ensure that he could beat me. Who knows, maybe he WAS having a bad day, we all do. It was just funny to me. I wanted to say, be proud, you beat a girl, but I didn't.

THEN, there's Too Cool For School riding on the end. OK, yes, he was cute, yes, he was fast, BUT HE WORE HIS SUNGLASSES AT AN INDOOR CYCLING CLASS AT NITE. NO he's not visually impaired, I checked. Maybe he has pink eye, maybe his eyes are hideous making him not so cute after all? Regardless, really, sunglasses? Um, yeah, you get the Captain Douchebag Award for the week.

With 10 minutes left, I had to turn my threshold down too, my legs were crushed and I didn't even care about my pride. I just wanted to be able to finish the workout. As my legs wobbled and I gathered my gear - I remembered I had a 3 mile running TT in the morning. Yeah, uh, NO way. Thankfully, coach agreed. No sense in falling over for a 3 mile TT at 5am and 22 degrees, thank you very much. This can wait for another day.

21 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Guys are such ego manaics!!! I learned at my first tri that alot of people are faster then me. I got chicked by a 2 different women on a hyrbrids when I was on a roadie. And another issue is blowing your training, if he had a coach and he was told to stay in a certain zone, and blew up and jack up his run tomorrow. I am too old for those games, I am what I am (slow)and I work with it.

San said...

LOL on Captain Douchebag. Sunglasses at night, maybe he thought he's a vampire?! *Snicker*

What a workout and hurray on beating the guy.

Glay you could "sleep in" today.

ShirleyPerly said...

My hubby and I were just talking about the value of indoor training. He says he can't get his HR up and they're not worth his time. I think he needs to take a class like that.

Oh, and perhaps that guy was wearing sunglasses to hide his tears?

TRI-james said...

It wasn't Corey Hart was it?

Amanda said...

That guy that just COULDN'T allow you to chick him, you should tell him the workouts you've done this week leading up to that one. That would put him in his place.

misszippy said...

So funny and oh so true. My favorite is in a race when a guy just wants to stay in front of you on the bike. You pass him b/c he slows down, then he has to speed up and pass you back. The cycle continues all throughout the bike leg and you've gotta figure he wears himself out with this nonsense. All to beat a girl, who is not even his competition!

RockStarTri said...

Wish I had a CT class like that around here but I wouldn't wear sunglasses at night even if that was the only way to keep my eyes from falling out of my head while riding at or near threshold. My coach distains spin classes (he says there is too much down time) and would rather me just stare at the power meter while hitting the intervals. Painful,yes, but effective.

My power threshold is on the high side compared to most but I am so used to getting chicked in real life that I realized early on it doesn't matter.

Beth said...

Well, that shows how long it's been since I've been to a cycling class. I had no idea that your stats are now posted on the wall.

You are welcome to join us at The Cocoon -- no Douchebags there :) And you'll feel lightning fast!

Runner Leana said...

Wow, some guys really hate getting chicked!! Crazy...

Weird about that guy wearing his sunglasses!! Although maybe he just had laser eye surgery and is super light sensitive. When my friend had her eyes done in December she couldn't be around lighting of any kind for a couple of weeks. She had to get building maintenance to turn off the lights in her office (since they are automatic).

Rest up for that TT!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I had to laugh about the sunglass guy....the song by Cory Hart(?) "I wear my sunglasses at night" rang through my mind...ha ha.

It's alright if you had to turn your threshold down...you did your best and finished the workout and that's all that matters!

Oh...and good/bad music can make or break a cycling class for me! If the music sucks I have a hard time going back.

Ironman By Thirty said...

"HE WORE HIS SUNGLASSES AT AN INDOOR CYCLING CLASS AT NITE."

You have to remember - the sun never goes down on badass. haha. Captain Douchebag award is right :)

Dave said...

...maybe his future is really bright...is referencing this song dating me?

Judi said...

LOL missy. capt douche. LOVE IT. :) sunglasses. i might have said something to him. dork.

glad you got out of your run. :)

Carolina John said...

you are always faster than most guys. just because your gym is full of freaks don't let that get you down.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

The one guy was playing the old children's school yard trick of trying to impress you.... (I think he likes you). You dont have cooties do you?

Al's CL Reviews said...

Love Captain Douchebag!

Velma said...

Love the people who race on the mill at the gym. Nice work - I would love to try a computrainer.

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

compu-trainer on spin bikes...interesting. I was on the compu-trainer with my bike the other day with 4 other people.... I was intrigued to watch the various power outputs on the screen - as well as trying to keep my own up! Keep my mind entertained to keep going for the endless going no where miles.

Kim said...

you should have farted in his direction. one of those really nasty apricot juicy ones. way to put him in his place by kicking his ass :) you rule.

MCM Mama said...

Your descriptions are always hilarious!

Good job surviving!

Wes said...

yea, I don't spend much time worrying about other people... and you blew off the TT? shocka! :-D

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