I’ve usually been pretty good about being consistent with my workouts but once a week I would do an in person class and my coach who ran the studio would do a short 30 minute workout before the computrainer session. Just usually some sort of circuit style strength workout. So it was always a good workout day and the social aspect was enjoyable.
Less enjoyable was when she would occasionally secretly increase your resistance without you noticing mid workout as a bit of a test or if she thought things looked too easy.
Haha I definitely thought it would be awful at first but I definitely grew to love it. One older guy was there often on the trainer next to me and he was one to vocalize his discomfort with lots of loud grunts and groans. I told him he was making my intervals harder even when I wasn’t yet struggling.
Just listened to this one. I love the Hot Takes format. Thank you!
Have to say I laughed when Jonathan said “Moab sucks” but then went on to name some great Moab trails (Brand, for example). Maybe he doesn’t consider those “Moab”, but if you buy a Moab shirt or map, it’s going to have all the trails in the area.
Never been to Bentonville either. The riding in CO/Utah is too good. Plus, any town that gives itself the name of ‘mtb capital of the world’; I can’t take it seriously. I do want to check it out sometime. Maybe in the fall.
This quote from a PinkBike article is funny: Bentonville is the “mountain bike capital of the world” as much as Applebee’s is the capital of fine dining.
Yup, I’m a regular follower of that channel. I don’t always agree on all topics, but it is a reliable resource with good thoughts and experience driving the bus. Would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for fit related topics.
Bentonville is a fun trip. The downtown area has good walkability and there are lots of different kinds of mtb and gravel trails. Definitely worth the trip.
They do have a couple of big issues though, not the least of which is that the Slaughterpen area often smells like…a slaughter pen, and I’ve gotten some kind of sludge/crap on me and my bike before that was gag worthy.
I get being “anti-hype”, but honestly, the Walmart grandkids have sunk tens of millions of dollars into making that area a desirable place for mtb’ers to live and visit. I can understand them wanting to hype it up and pay advertisers to get people there.
Having ridden in both, hands down I prefer Benttonville…but I also prefer twisty, flowing singletrack. The riding out west (especially in Moab ) is really the other end of the riding spectrum, IMO.
I actually went out there many years ago with a couple of buddies from Denver and we actually left earlier than planned from the trip because we just weren’t digging the riding all that much…came back to Denver, rode up Bergen Peak and had a blast.
YMMV…just depends on what experience you are looking for, I guess.
Slaughter Pen is like you described, but don’t forget Bentonville also has Back 40, which isn’t that twisty turny experience and is a few hours of riding without sessioning a single trail. And then you have the Coler jump lines. IMO, Bentonville has everything.
I really like Moab. I’m not trying to knock it at all. The only thing I don’t really enjoy is the actual Slickrock Trail, but TWE, Brand, Porcupine Rim, Klondike, and Deadhorse, just to name a few, are all a blast imho.
Bar width sure can be interesting. Width has many factors from rider size, to use case as well as matching stem length appropriately. There is such thing as too wide just as much as too narrow, but what that means will vary widely for reasons mentioned.
Speaking of Moab, I’ve been watching clips of the Moab Rocks race on Syd and Macky’s channel.
Two points. That race doesn’t actually look fun, those trails definitely look like something you need to spend time on a lot to race confidently. Secondly, I didn’t give Stetina enough credit. For him to win there seems pretty legit in terms of skill (not that I know the field quality).