Monday was the first UCTC workout of the year, and it was tough, but fun. It's so much easier to get through a workout when you've got to pay attention to the coach. Being in a big group helps, and although there are times where it's not possible to talk (spinning at 110 rpm, or standing for 2 mins...) but when you can, it sure makes the time fly by.
As great as it is to get back with the group, I sure am glad I've done the little bit of running and spinning that I have.
The workout was 1 hour on the bikes, doing three "hills" after a warmup. Start at 100 rpm, adding tension/a gear every minute, last two minutes standing, then spin back up to 100 rpm, then 110, then 120+, followed by a break. Run was on the track "at your own pace"-- I went pretty hard, but not so hard I couldn't chat. There was a lot of catching up with team-mates, and meeting new ones.
And I have my first major criticism of the Garmin. Well, actually it's more a self-criticism, because I didn't bother to set it up for the workout, and it became more of a nuisance than anything. What happened? Well, I thought about turning the GPS "off", but figured I'd test it to see if I got reception in the Jack Simpson at the University. I do, BUT... only on one half of the track. So when I was running, the thing kept beeping at me that it was losing signal. I would have turned it off, but somehow when I was trying to switch it from "bike" mode to "run" mode, I managed to lock the keys. Oh, and it's still running this morning-- according to it, the workout hasn't ended.
Like the title suggests, I really need to read that user manual. Even downloaded it. We'll see if I can find time today.