Thanks to Pat Gallagher for this guest blog post about our Fed Up With Winter indoor cycling challenge this Sunday April 12. Pat is a member of the Bike Fed’s Board of Directors and trains at Paceline Indoor Cycling.
I have a general rule that I borrowed from a motorcycle rider friend of mine. He never takes his bike out in the spring, until AFTER two good rains. He tells me that it takes two good rains to clean all the salt and other muck off the roads…and he doesn’t want that stuff messing up his motorcycle. Figuring that my bicycle is probably a little more fragile than his motorcycle, I have used the same rule for riding for many years now. And that can be frustrating at this time of the year, with the temperature rising, but the roads still not clean after a long hard Wisconsin winter.
I’M FED UP WITH WINTER!
…and I’m doing something about it! Sunday, April 12 is the Wisconsin Bike Fed’s first ever “Fed Up With Winter” indoor cycling party! A great opportunity to shake out your legs and get ready for some great spring bicycling! Join an indoor cycling class at any of three Madison cycling studios, and you could win a Saris/CycleOps PowerBeam Pro Trainer!
I had a chance to preview a class at Paceline earlier this week and was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Paceline is the brainchild of Becky Statz. I’ve done a lot of riding with Becky’s husband Yamil, at Capital Brewery and Trek Cycling Club rides. I was happy to see several familiar faces from the clubs riding at Paceline!
The studio itself, is in an unassuming little strip-mall on the west side of Madison (601 N. Whitney Way), but when you walk through the door, the classic bicycle posters hanging on the walls immediately put you in the mood to ride. And then you enter the cycling room – filled with top-of-the line CycleOps 300 Pro indoor bikes, classic rock music playing on the sound-system, and on the night that I was there, the 2014 Paris-Roubaix race playing on the big screen behind the instructor. I have to admit that I did get a little distracted by the race at one point in the workout – there was a follow-cam at the end of a pace-line and I literally felt like I was part of the race and completely lost track of Becky’s workout for a few minutes.
Becky took us through a nice warm-up, some single-leg drills, and then a series of hill-climbs for the main workout. The CycleOps indoor bikes gave plenty of feedback to help me through the workout – including my cadence and watts. I didn’t hook up a heart-rate monitor, but that was also available, and I am told that I can download all the information from the entire workout straight to my computer through fitness apps like Strava in order to truly track my progress over time.
In the end, I’m really happy to have discovered Paceline Indoor Cycling and I know you’ll like it too – come join in the fun at Fed Up With Winter on April 12. You’ll discover a great place to ride and support the Wisconsin Bike Fed in the process!