April 27th, 2016


c&p from email

1) What is ColeCycle?

ColeCycle is where you trudge up to the top floor of Cole Field House
and ride a stationary bike following suggestions from a student
instructor. Classes are held in a low-ceilinged cinderblock room with
windows that really open and a couple of floor fans. It does not smell
like grapefruit.

The moves vary from riding seated to riding standing up. The
instructor will indicate an intensity at which you should be riding
and you may take his or her suggestion or not. I usually do.

Here is a brief, basic look at a ColeCycle class:

Show up before the class starts. Sometimes they fill up, and if you
don't get a bike there's not much point in sticking around. But
getting up those stairs is a workout, too, so at least you got
something. Change clothes in the bathroom at the end of the hall. It's
a gross old bathroom and the only places to sit are toilets. Oh well.
If you forgot to fill your waterbottle before coming upstairs, you can
use the sinks for that but it's awkward and you're going to be
drinking gross bathroom water. So plan ahead.

The instructor arrives about 15 minutes before class starts. That's
when the door is unlocked, so follow the instructor in and pick out a
bike.There are two kinds and only the white ones have RPM monitors so
try to get one of those. You can clip in to the pedals if you're so
equipped shoe-wise, otherwise use the toe-baskets on the other side.
Start pedalling because why not.

Your instructor will ask you if the music is loud enough and then will
start telling you when to pedal fast or slow and when to adjust the
resistance knob. When the pedalling part is over, everybody stretches
and then you're done.

2) What is a Cole, and how is it important to ColeCycle?

William Purington Cole, Jr. (May 11, 1889 – September 22, 1957) was an
American jurist and politician. From 1927 to 1929 and from 1931 to
1942, Cole was a U.S. Congressman who represented the second district
of Maryland. He later served as a Judge for the United States Customs
Court and the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals.

Cole served as a member of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian
Institution from 1940 to 1943, and was named a member of the Board of
Regents of the University of Maryland, College Park in 1931, becoming
chairman of the board in 1944.

Originally constructed in 1955, the Student Activities Building was
renamed the William P. Cole, Jr. Student Activities Building in 1956
after Judge William P. Cole, Jr. It's called a field house because
there's a field in it. Something to do with sports.

Apparently when the huge new recreation center was built on campus
they forgot to include room for a couple dozen stationary bikes.
That's why Cole is important--because it is Thornfield Hall to those
mad cycles.

3) Does that make any sense?

No, and apparently they're moving the bikes soon because of
renovations to Cole Field House. Rumor is they'll be in the DOTS
building. DOTSCycle. I don't know.

4) Why do people like ColeCycle?

Such a great question. I ask myself this a couple of times a week.
You're not going anywhere. The room is uninspiring. It definitely does
NOT smell like grapefruit. I guess it's just a way to feel like you're
riding fast or hard without having to worry about getting hit by a
minivan or running over a wayward pug or toddler. Whenever you finish
a session at ColeCycle, you think, simultaneously, "That was fun!" and
"Why was that fun?"

5) What happens if I like ColeCycle?

You are going to hear some awful, awful, terrible music. It's
indescribably bad. Even if it's a song that's tolerable on the radio
(and it probably isn't) it will be a wompwompwomp ridiculous dance mix
version of it.

6) How successful is ColeCycle?

It does ok.

7) What makes ColeCycle more successful than other indoor cycling classes?

ColeCyle is within walking distance of my office.

8) What does "almost there, 30-45 seconds to go" mean?

It's instructor lingo. It means you've been riding at a high intensity
for a few minutes and there are 45 more seconds to go. Maybe 50.

9) I want to try ColeCycle. Where do I start?

You should have a RecWell membership but no one checks so just show
up, look like you belong there, and have at.

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 12:43 PM, J wrote:
> I think it was Garrett. We are trend setters....
> But if I am being honest, I mostly remember the life-saving Chipotle after
> our ride.
> On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 6:47 AM Koralleen wrote:
>> http://www.vox.com/2016/4/26/11506132/9-questions-about-soulcycle
>> Kinda dumb piece but if you read to the bottom Alex mentions favorite
>> instructors and Garrett is the DC pick. That's our guy, right?
>> Resistance is our friend?
>> Maybe I'll write a listicle about Cole Cycle. Except I will never
>> write a listicle. I can't even believe I typed that word. Twice.