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Anyone use Spinervals?(10 posts)

Anyone use Spinervals?Aztecs
Oct 1, 2002 9:33 AM
Got a gift certificate to Colorado Cyclist. Looking at getting a couple of the Spinerval videos. Would like to use these 3 times a week in the winter. On my off days I will be doing wight training. Any recommendations on which ones to get? Which three would you get (thinking of doing a different one for each of the 3 workouts)?

Oct 1, 2002 9:47 AM
I have 1-7 as well as the first tape Troy did with CycleOps. Personally, I like 3,4 and 5. The variations in the workouts are terrific, and he includes isometrics in two of those three. I can only assume that the new two hour tape is an a@@ kicker.

i'm destined to marry Coach Troy_rt_
Oct 1, 2002 9:55 AM
if i spent that much time with anyone else, i'd be legally married to them! ok, maybe not..... ;-P

i'm a big fan of The Uphill Grind (45 min), No Slackers Allowed (45 min), and Mental Toughness (90 minutes).

I just want to throttle Troy.Turtleherder
Oct 1, 2002 10:29 AM
Yep, I use the tapes. What keeps me going while looking at the screen is envisioning my hands around his neck choking that little smile off his face. The uphill grind and no slackers are great for bursting your heart and legs. Two big thumps up for pain!
My wife cracks up when I cuss at him.sn69
Oct 1, 2002 10:37 AM
So, imagine my surprise and dismay at mile 7 of the marathon at my first full ironman when I noticed him on the side of the road yelling "FASTER! FASTER!" Unforunately, he wasn't a halunication--he was there to support several of his clients/athletes from Team Meadowbrook.

I wanted to thank him (and possibly belt him one) the next day, but I didn't see him there and the Shoney's Breakfast Bar was calling to me.
I just want to throttle Troy.PaulCL
Oct 1, 2002 11:03 AM
I thought I was the only one who loved to hate him. It's amazing that during intervals, the 60 seconds of pedal time seems to be 80 seconds, while the rest is 20 seconds. Makes me want to kill that little....

Pain is good. Conquering pain is better. No Slackers, the TT tape and Uphill Grind are the ones I hate (love) the most.
Best thing I did last winterms
Oct 1, 2002 11:08 AM
The tapes not only kept me in shape last winter, I think that they improved my cycling. I recommend all of them.
re: Ditto on the other's recommendationsJL
Oct 1, 2002 11:39 AM
for the Uphill Grind and No Slackers. I'm trying to decide which other one I should add to torture myself this winter.

Worth the money for the shape you'll be in come spring.

Happy riding.

re: Anyone use Spinervals?BryanJL
Oct 1, 2002 2:18 PM
All the posts below echo my feeling as well. I enjoy them a may want a little more warm up time, I usually start riding for 5-10 minutes, then start the tape.

Also, beware of the "Winter star" syndrome...that is, getting in great shape through interval training 3x/wk through winter, only to peak and fade in the spring.

Winter is a great time to build volume and base miles, and use intervals as a part, but not the whole, of your program.

In other words, intervals 3x/wk plus weights may be more taxing than 1 interval per week, weights 3x, and the other days easier spins.

Excellent advice, Bryan! (nm)Jon Billheimer
Oct 2, 2002 7:32 AM