Spectrum workaround?

Hi everyone?

I have a dumb question so apologies in advance.

Traditionally, I know Spectrum is set up as the “main” A record for an application (ex. virtual machine) as it creates a new DNS record with an IP address attached for proxying.

Currently, I have my Spectrum app utilizing a different hostname which isn’t the main A record for my domain.

Main A Record - virtual-machine-example
Spectrum App - virtual-machine-example-ssh

I did this so I wouldn’t run into the issue of a duplicate DNS record error. Is this workaround actually proxying my SSH connections to my virtual machine?

I ran traceroute for both records stated above and the Spectrum app resolves to a *.pacloudflare.com, but the main A record doesn’t.

It resolves to my cloud provider.