So I managed to get up for this morning's 6am class - even arriving with probably 10 minutes to spare. Beats frantically trying to get your bike set up as they're trying to get everyone warming up :)
Before the class the instructor came across and introduced himself. I accidentally said I'd done about 3 classes, which is wrong, I've done more like 6-7. He explained that it would be a high intensity class and if I couldn't hit or maintain the zone to drop the fan number back and still try for the zone/speed.. I was still half asleep so this was a little offputting.
During the first track I was already struggling. It was like a mid-high number, maintaining a high (for me) speed. I felt bad as I was often 2 or more fan numbers lower than what he'd said and/or 5-10 rpm below what he was asking for but often I was working at zone 5 (out of 7) so figured I was still working hard. I even hit 120 RPM on the last track at the very end as I knew we were done. He had said that with the 5-6 hot days that hydration levels probably wouldn't be great. Given I'd had 3 (small) glasses of sparkling the night before - I'm guessing my hydration really wasn't great :)
The stretching afterwards was painful but good. The instructor had encouraged us to roll out the legs (on the bikes) and stretch to help minimise lactic acid. I think that's working as I haven't really had any DOMS apart from when climbing stairs or squatting down - then I notice my legs. He asked how I found the class afterwards - I told him it was just as well he'd given me the warning as I struggled big time. He explained that the group had been building since early December so everyone else was pretty regular. But said that after 4 sessions people were generally hitting his targets. Hopefully that's 4 classes of his. Not 4 classes in general! :) My friend was using the right fan setting but was often 5-10 rpm below what he was saying so it wasn't just me.
Calories were lower today but higher fat burning percentage.