Sunday, December 30, 2007

Product Review:

Spinervals On the Road 2.0 - Lake Placid Training Ride

I had been coveting this spin video for awhile and was excited to find it under the tree this year! (Okay, we didn’t have a tree, but you know what I mean.)

This is a three hour spin workout and what makes it hard is what makes his other On the Road video hard—you don’t get a break. Most of Coach Troy’s videos are interval work. You spin hard, then you rest. But with the Virtual Reality videos, you’re pedaling the whole time, which is harder than a standard spin video and harder than an actual ride outdoors.

The beauty of the landscape in this video is what makes the time pass. The ride starts and ends at the site of the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid and for three hours you ride the roads of the Ironman USA course through the surrounding hills. I’ve never been to the Adirondacks before, but I found the landscape and architectural styles similar to Vermont, leading to moments when I caught myself looking for covered bridges!

I ignored Coach Troy’s gearing advice and simply focused on the road, switching to easier gears on the downhills and harder ones on the uphills to mimic what I would be feeling on a real bike ride. I got so into it that I caught myself waving to other cyclists, but the stuck-up jerks didn’t wave back. Their loss.

By the last hour, I was feeling this workout. Part of it was that I had done a long run yesterday and slept badly last night, but a lot of it was also just the effect of spinning my legs for three hours straight. Coach Troy likes to say that three hours on the trainer is the equivalent of four on the road, and given how many of these turns and downhills I would’ve coasted in a real road ride, I believe it.

Great spin video! Highly recommended! I understand Coach Troy has a Tuscon Training Ride video in the works and I can hardly wait!


Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh brother ... I am tired just reading the thing. Sounds like just the deal for between Christmas and New Years!

Crabby McSlacker said...

I love it that you have to explain why you might be tired after 3 hours of nonstop spinning!

(And I hope Dan's feeling better).

the Bag Lady said...

Bunnygirl, you are amazing! You are the Bag Lady's inspiration!(Did you see my shout-out for your blog a couple days ago?)

Ellie Hamilton said...

How very cool! I love that you were waving to the video cyclists :-)

Maybe that's why only about 1 out of 4 cyclists wave to me when I'm out running. They're really just a video!

Happy New Year, Bunny!

LauraHinNJ said...

I think I'd love this for the scenery alone!

Hope your new year's was safe and happy - best wishes in 2008!

Church Lady said...

Sounds like a great gift you'll appreciate!
Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Wowie, that sounds really cool! Enjoy. :) Your workouts are so inspiring!

Allie Boniface said...

By the way, Lake Placid and the surrounding area is GORGEOUS in person too!

Ellie Hamilton said...

I gave a friend the link to your post -- she asked if anyone knew of a good trainer video!