Yeah, It Hurt
Woke up to more snow today. Great. I think I have had enough. Yeah, yeah, I know I should XC ski, blah, blah, blah. I dig skiing OK enough once in a while, and it is a hell of a workout, but it just falls short of me digging it. Maybe it's because I am so bad at it? Not sure. It's just NOT riding. *sigh* I might be more into snowshoeing, but I gotz no snowshoes (yet). Anyway I had no desire to go to the gym, and a fresh download from The Sufferfest (See yesterday's post), so I stuffed my dieting, er I mean "calorie restricting" ass into my chamois and headed to the basement to test out the suffering.
It works! I did "Angels," and suffered as promised. It proved harder than any trainer workout I have done for a long while. I was a sweaty heap of Lycra goo and had the jimmy legs big time by the end. This work out had me over my threshold HR more than any workout I have done on my own. One hour was plenty today.
So here is some thoughts on The Sufferfest podcast. Please note I am reviewing this "just 'cause I want to." I did not get the workout free for review, or discounted, nor was I asked. Hell yesterday morning I didn't even know what the hell it was. I bought it with my pennies. Annnyway. Here are some random thoughts...
1. $10.99 is pretty cheap for a quality hour work out that is mine forever.
2. Pro race footage is WAY cooler to ride to than some of those super lame spin videos that are out there with folks riding trainer by ponds and stuff like that. I mean you get to race up Alpe d'Huez for frig sakes! That is pretty cool.
3. The workout is very good, with clear onscreen directions on pace, cadence, etc.
4. The music is better than many videos, but still not my bag. The good news is, that because the instructions are on the screen (no coaching voice other than some sound effects that aren't REALLY needed) and give you a heads up when to start gearing up the pace, I am sure I could listen with the iPod and be happier.
5. The warm up on the track was OK, the workout to race footage was great, but the cool down spin was pretty lame. I would have like more real footage to cool down to.
6. The on screen type/fonts/graphics got the job done, but from the looks of it, it was done on iMovie. I have a Mac and iMovie and I know I can do better intro video graphics than that. BUT the key is that you can read them easy, and that is the point. This is just more my personal issue. I just think it could have been looking super cool at times. And didn't.
7. Sort of sucks having to workout by your computer or lap top. I am lucky that the lap top was around today, so that was great, but if it wasn't I would have had to workout in the office. No thanks. I do have the wires to hook my iPod up to the TV, but not enough room on said iPod to fit any videos. It's all music.
8. I liked enough to want to buy another. Just not sure which one.
Time to do some winter research. I want to look into some studded tires, since the problem I having with riding right now is not riding on the snowy dirt roads, but the 3 or 4 miles of slick pavement that I need to ride to get there. Falling is no big deal to me. Falling and getting my head run over by an SUV is (to me). I also need some new winter bibs. Think I saw some Craft ones that I can get a decent price. Might go with those. BUT if we get anymore snow, I just might hit Moosejaw up for some shoes.