Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pep talk

It’s October, there are 10cm of snow in my yard, so I did my first ride on the trainer this morning. I should have ridden hot laps at the park tonight. Chasing a bunch of fast guys would have been a good workout and probably would have given me more of what I needed than riding the trainer in the garage.

But my cross bike still isn’t clean from Saturday. It doesn’t look like the photo below anymore, but even though I spent over an hour last night removing dirt, leaves, grass, and twigs with a scrub brush, some of the moving parts still aren’t moving. I don’t have a B bike, so riding the B bike to train while keeping the A bike clean for racing isn’t an option.

Since I probably have between four and five more months when riding the trainer will be necessary at least some of the time, I decided to make a list of things I like about riding the trainer to keep me motivated for the rest of the winter.

  1. I can ride at 6:30 a.m. before it’s light outside and not have to worry about squeezing in a ride for the rest of the day.
  2. My bike stays clean.

You can see from the extensive nature of this list that I have a great deal of passion for riding indoors. I should have no trouble staying lean and fit this winter.


  1. I am old school. You don't race indoors, you don't train indoors. Okay, an exception from time to time.

  2. i keep losing parts to my trainer, problem solved

  3. The trainer will not make you faster. It may help fitness but not fastness, there is a difference.

    I went skiing...

  4. A suggestion for your list: watch TV while exercising. Not a big draw, but every little bit helps for trainer motivation.

    The trainer/spinning made me faster one year, but I'm just a rec rider.

  5. Bart is like the old crazy Zen Master that says stuff that I just don't understand!!!

    I ride the trainer for fun.

  6. I just move the trainer from room to room. I figure that counts as training.

  7. are there trainers out there that don't make your apt or house smell like burning tires? I had to return mine.... :(