I showed up with my bike shoes in hand but before class started I asked the coach if they were the right fit and he told me that the pedals will accommodate a certain Look pedal but not Look Keo (mine). I came straight from work so the only other shoes I had were my dress shoes! Well everyone agreed that wearing my dress shoes while spinning would be hilarious to everyone watching, it was probably not a wise idea :)
The coach suggested I try wearing the bike shoes with my feet in the toe cages instead of clipping in. The bike I originally grabbed didn't have toe cadges so I went to find the one bike left with them (which of course is in the very front of the class). I jumped on and tried my bike shoes in the toe cages but logistically it was just not going to work. The shoes wouldn't stay in and the clips on the bottom prevented me from getting a good grip. I thought I was going to have to forfeit my spot and I offered it to the girl was first in line for drop-ins (the class is reservation only). She told me that she already had a bike from a no show and then she offered to let me wear her running shoes (she had the correct bike shoes). How generous is that?! Her shoes fit perfectly and I was able to stay in the session after all!
I absolutely loved spinning! The session had a mix of steady state, sprints and climbs with a good amount of recovery between each set. As the coach said, it's only January. No sense killing ourselves right now.
He talked a lot about using your core to power your legs and proper upper-body form. He also tried to keep us focused on our efforts and looking forward just like a real ride. I am guilty of zoning out sometimes and this happens the most on the bike. I am hoping these group workouts will push me to the next level and help me focus my efforts better.
I'm going to go to another spin workout on Sunday afternoon and I can't wait! But this time I will bring my own shoes : )