300 Rides Later: Update!
It's been 16 months since I first got the Peloton and today I reached 300 rides. Considering that I was traveling for about two months of those 16 months, I'm going to do some loose math and say I've ridden about 21 rides a month. Sometimes, there was more than one ride in a day, of course... a cool down ride or more recently when I broke my Personal Record for a 45 minute class--500 baby!-- there was a warm-up ride AND a cool down ride. But, I know in my heart that I've done at least three rides a week, almost always.
This has led me to tell people that the cash I dropped on the Peloton is the best $ I've ever spent. This may not be true for you... I had been a consistent exerciser for a decade before I bought the bike. I don't have kids. I don't have injuries. Every person is different. But, I think it might be the best money you've spent too and here's why.
When I worked in a brain lab at Columbia University that conducted experiments on mice, we had a room called the enrichment room. The mice don't require a lot; they don't need spa-like, cool-toned painted cages and Tibetan singing bowls; they just need a clean cage, food, water, a little place to burrow, time with other mice to socialize and a running wheel. Once you've given this small handful of things, they produce beautiful little brains that are perfect for control group comparisons.
It didn't take too many long nights counting stained neurons on slides, to begin to wander if I was being properly enriched. When I returned to my little cage about a mile and half away in Harlem, I noted the tidiness of my apartment--which my friend likes to call Architecture-Digest-Photo-Shoot-Ready, the fridge humming away, my sleep loft heaped with blankets, my somewhat unpredictably hot-cold faucets... all that was missing...all that I left for... was social time with others and time in the gym.
So I downloaded a dating app and bought the Peloton. The dating app didn't work out.
But today, I did my 300th ride with Christine who got so caught up in the intensity of the intervals, she forgot almost everyone's benchmark shout-outs, who encouraged me to close my eyes at certain moments and to stare down super-high output numbers at other moments. And it was good and I get to do it again tomorrow. Hope to see you on the leaderboard!
As a side note, here are my must-haves for my rides now: I love the Vega electrolyte powder--which isn't too sweet, the Izumi bike shorts for their ample padding, Petal Power lube for all the bits that are being padded, and Izumi socks & foot glide for preventing "hot spots" on my feet while I ride. All linked below...