Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Race to Death (Spinning Profile and Playlist)

My regulars know that my last class of the month, is always a Race Day Energy Zone ride. It's the only time I coach this format; it's kind of the icing on the cake for the month.

This month is great because it falls on Oct 28th, which is close enough to Halloween to count, AND all the local neighborhoods are having beggars night so it doesn't interfere with anyone participating.

This year I'm taking my signature look, which includes a cycling jersey that is a skeleton and I'm adding to it.  I have skeleton gloves and I'm going to try face painting.

Using Class Builder for my class as always, I've integrated a bunch of "monsters" to pop up on my screen during class.  Here are three of the scariest images.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Strength Energy Zone (Spinning Profile & Playlist)

I know that it's been quite sometime since my last post, 6 months, in fact.  I haven't lost my "Spinning® religion", but the responsibilities of my new career has given me little opportunity to blog.  An unfortunate accident involving a golf card, yard marker sign, and some spirits at a charity benefit also took it's toll on me; forcing me to take 6 weeks off while I nursed 3 broken ribs.

Those 6 weeks, not withstanding, I have been faithfully to the gym several times a week coaching classes.  I would be lying if I didn't admit that the facility and attendance have been frustrating.  I can't quite figure out why attendance is so low even by summer standards, but I still tend to run the largest classes of the week so I'll assume it's not a Freak issue.

Going forward for the foreseeable future I'll still be posting my profiles and playlists, but you won't be able to download them directly into Classbuilder™.  It seems that Apple has closed some memory access within iOS which no longer allows i-Funbox to move these files around.  Classbuilder™ also seems to have abandoned the idea that would allow me to simply "sell" the profiles, although you can buy theirs.  I still love the app, it's just not as flexible as it once was for sharing my profiles.

On to the profile...
I've been putting a lot more emphasis on the Strength Energy Zone.  I enjoy teaching in this zone since my population tend to not have a heart rate monitor, and I can use if you lost your breath as a cue if you're still in the right zone.  I've taken to adding a wicked little twist to the end of some of my SEZ rides, by throwing in a Tabata.  I know this transitions you into an IEZ ride, but it's adds that extra little something to the profile, like putting a cherry on top of your sundae.  Enjoy my hills!