Into the Mountains!


The Tour de France is headed into the Pyrenees Mountains this week!  If I was a badass athlete and riding in the tour (or a rich fan who could afford a flight over) I would be facing these beasts.



Since I’m neither of the aforementioned types of people (although I know I appear to be super-fit, my relationship with YoLo prevented participation in the Tour this year – look for me next year, I’ll be the only female), I participate in the Tour de Midtown instead at Inside Out Gym where I work and train.  We (the instructors) try to design class to mimic the profiles of the riders in France.  They get to climb this:

The Real Deal

At least it’s pretty!  We get to ride inside, not moving (there’s no risk of crashing!) and there’s music.  I’d much rather be a poor non-athlete.  I taught this morning and to simulate the switchbacks, we just kept adding and adding and adding resistance.  The class worked hard and stayed strong throughout ALL THREE climbs!  See the red bubbles above the peaks?  “HC” stands for something in French (I call it Hell’s Climb) that means it’s so steep it’s uncategorized.  Needless to say, the legs were plenty slow on the bike this morning.  Here’s where I rode:

We're in France, can't you tell?!

Tour Climb Playlist:

1. Listzomania by Phoenix.  Flat road, quick feet.

2. Down by the Water by the Decemberists.  8 count jumps to HP3

3. Boxer by The Gaslight Anthem.  Add resistance, quick feet.  GOOD TIME FOR BREAKAWAYS!

4.  Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye.  Add resistance only on chorus and stand up in HP3.

5. Be Somebody by Kings of Leon.  Sprint song.  Medium resistance and fast entire time.

6. Talk by Vitamin String Quartet.  First big climb.  Add half a turn every 30 seconds.

7.  Good Life by One Republic.  Heavy resistance, almost to the top.  Slow out of saddle climb, breakaways encouraged on choruses.

8. Bad Reputation by Joan Jett.  Downhill – but not a time to coast.  Medium resistance and fast legs.  No bouncin’!

9. Liberation Begins by A.R. Rahman.  One full turn from medium.  Add a quarter turn every 30 seconds.  The start of the biggest climb.

10. Liberation in a Dream by A.R. Rahman.  Still adding a quarter turn every 30 seconds.  Stand when you need to.

11. Liberation by A.R. Rahman.  Maximum resistance, S L O W turnover.  Breakaways encouraged with music pickups.

12. How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox 20.  Resistance back to medium, push through the downhill to take the lead as you approach final effort.

13. The Climb by The Glee Cast.  Tackily symbolic 🙂 but I figure Glee is better than Miley right?  Last effort of class, heavy resistance.  Push to the finish.

I finished with some core and lots of stretching love for my legs.  They’ve been worked hard this week!  And I get to do it all again this afternoon :)!

I’m off to plan my strength training for the afternoon, take a nap and fuel up for classes at the gym!  BUT FIRST:

Thankful Thursday.

Even though I don’t have any outside exercise planned today, I am so thankful it’s afternoon and we’ve yet to hit the 90s here!  My AC finally caught up to the temperature it’s set on – relief.  Here’s to hoping it stays like this!

What are you thankful for today?

Right Now Next 36 Hours
Partly Cloudy Today Tonight Tomorrow
Scattered T-Storms T-Storms Early Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy Scattered T-Storms T-Storms Early Partly Cloudy
90°F 92° 75° 94°
Feels Like: 99°

High Low High

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