Cycle Palooza is a giant 2 hour spin class put on by Lifetime Fitness (my favorite gym in the universe...). We got some sweet cycling jerseys and Spinerval DVDs as SWAG! As luck would have it, I just happened to set up my bike next to a group of people I knew. It really was luck because I had no idea they would even be there. The fact that I picked the bike next to theirs was just icing on the cake.
(This is Andrea and Ken. Andrea has done two IMs and I think she is working on her 3rd. Ken is working on his 2nd IM at B2B this year.)
The picture does not do it justice but there were probably 200 bikes set up in the gym for the class. A large screen was set up in the middle that was playing various triathlon and biking videos throughout the class. They even had a live DJ which was pretty awesome.
The first hour was a lot of speed intervals. Going into it, I was worried that it might seem like the longest ride ever but the time flew by! Before I knew it, we were one hour in and taking a water break. During the break I tried out a new source of fuel that I found at Trader Joe's. It is made for kids but since it was portable and fit into my no sugars/no grains lifestyle I thought I would give it a try. Seemed to work great - this particular one was a puree of apples and strawberries. They also make a banana one that I am going to test as well.
Hour two brought a combination of climbing, speed intervals and a lot of sweat. I can honestly say it was the best spin class I have ever attended. It was a great workout, the instructor was motivating and we all had a great time. All that and it was made even better by the fact the I ran into friends! A great way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. :)