Do your students also train at home?
They may own an Indoor Cycling/Spinner bike or are a cyclist, who rides their road bike on a trainer or rollers.
Over the next week I would really appreciate it if you would ask your class and then give me a rough estimate of the percentage of your class who train at home.
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As one participant, said, my class is their indoor training – better than riding by themselves.
Two people are runners and use in-door cycling as a cross training tool. None of them have a spin bike or ride outside on any regular basis.
I have several runners who are regulars. The only time my folks really get outdoors and ride is if I decide I am going to participate in a local ride. It seems as soon as we accomplish the goal of that particular ride their bikes begin to collect dust.
None of my riders train at home. And None of them ride outdoors. My class is their only cycling experience. Its any wonder they look at me the way they do when I try to build a ride/profile from my outdoor experience:}
I have several riders who ride seriously outside in the summer/spring/fall. Many of them ride the Pan Mass. They continue training in class during the winter. Only one that I know of has a spin bike at home but a couple also have training wheels. They prefer the class atmosphere though. I would say that 80% of the class only ride in class time and maybe casual riding outside in the summer.
I am blessed to have several participants that are also outdoor riders triathletes, and marathoner and then the carefree outdoor rider with no purpose in mind other than being on the bike and outside. i have really felt and heard the appreciation for the effort i put into bridging the gap and bringing various cues of outside into class especially for those that never ride outdoors. for my race runners it has been so nice to share how valuable riding in doors during the cold season will be for strengthening there legs and endurance for the upcoming races in the warmer months. i was REALLY lucky to previously have a rider that is a team racer/sprinter and how valuable he was in giving me information. i just loved watching his legs in class and how smooth he was. some thought i had a cycle crush on him. maybe i did. so a variety of riders which really makes it nice for me. i think the indoor only riders have enjoyed someone trying to bring the road ride cues indoors for them. a rough guess would be that about 75% are riding outdoors in some way.
We get many cyclist who like to come indoors as our instructors are usually cyclists themselves and love to teach from that perspective so we get to share experiences with one another and we get to go out for rides together. We are attached with a great bike shop so we have access to bikes.
We have 22 spin bikes in our studio and we have about a 60-70% that are cyclists or triathletes. The rest are interested and we are trying to share with as many as possible
Joel – you lucky duck!
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