The local YMCA and Pepsi are holding a cycling challenge for six weeks. Each competitor may record the miles cycled once each day after taking a cycling class. Prizes are then awarded for each 100 miles cycled. Some of the prizes being awarded are Pepsi products, water bottles, and t-shirts. The challenge started the Tuesday after Labor Day. Keith and I are both participating. Since we are both taking cycling classes anyway, we might as well record our miles and win a few prizes.
Both of us cycle three days a week. We cycle on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings. Keith cycles on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 a.m. and I cycle all three days at the 8:30 a.m. class time. The classes have been really full lately with many people participating in classes and many riders making the transition back from outside riding to inside riding. The instructors say that in the 45 minute class time you can burn between 400 and 600 calories and ride 15 or more miles. Usually I burn between 400 and 500 calories and ride 15 to 17 miles. Not bad for 45 minutes of exercise. The time flies by and I leave the class drenched in sweat from head to toe. Hopefully I start winning some prizes soon.