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Breathless! That euphoric feeling most indoor cyclists crave. Over and over again.
Success can also be found in longer efforts. Sustaining speed over longer thresholds optimizes your aerobic system. It’s generally accepted that 80% of training should be done aerobically (see the 80/20 Rule). While it may not be sexy or immediately rewarding, it is highly effective.
When the goal is distance, breathless is your enemy. Your body needs a different type of feedback. Several Washington, D.C. studios go beyond verbal affirmations in helping you get stronger on the bike. Move beyond breathless and use metrics to track your progress.
OffRoad DC ⎼ U Street or Capitol Hill
Off Road is the only D.C. studio to offer The SufferFest -- named one of the toughest workouts in D.C. by the Washington Post. Drills are coordinated with live race footage to inspire performance.
Image: SufferFest Website
Not ready to suffer yet? Many Off Road classes use the Stages indoor cycling platform offering a variety of metrics, races and video simulations.
Image: Stages Indoor cycling available at Equinox in Tysons Corner, Bethesda and soon Anthem Row (Mount Vernon Square)
Equinox ⎼ Bethesda, Tysons Corner and soon Anthem Row (Chinatown)
The Pursuit by Equinox imbues performance with real-time metrics via multi-player and team challenges. Your effort on the bike, both cadence and power, change the color and intensity of your onscreen icon. Post class stats are shared via the Equinox mobile app. Equinox is membership only, sign up for a free pass and tour.
Wired Cycling ⎼ Eckington (Rhode Island Metro)
Wired Cycling is where the outdoor cyclist goes to ride. Complete with a leaderboard and video projection screen, cycling races sometimes complement the class.
Image: Wired Cycling
FlyWheel ⎼ City Center and DuPont Circle
FlyWheel Sports utilizes a leaderboard board (separated by gender) to share rider output. After class, stats are made available via their app or online. Be prepared for a few races where the leaderboard is reset and everyone rides against the clock.
Cycled ⎼ Silver Spring and Takoma Park
Cycled utilizes a large digital display to share rider information, individually and in teams. After class, your stats are shared via email.
Cycle Bar -- ⎼ NoMa (DC), Falls Church and Columbia Pike
CycleBar employs a leaderboard system for those who thrive in competition. Studies show the motivational factor of watching your bike number climb up the leaderboard. Use the CycleBar app to share your class stats.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a friend and see who can out-pedal the other. Loser buys smoothies afterward!