||12-03-12 05:42 PM
Originally Posted by tetonrider
what's the saying? oh yeah..."if you think you cannot, you won't. if you think you can, you might."
i don't think there is a soul in the world who prefers riding on a trainer to riding outdoors; however, it is a reality for many of us. if you've committed to racing in 2013 (great!), why don't you imagine what it is going to feel like when you are getting dropped in your early races. seriously: take a few moments to really visualize this.
perhaps that will give you some motivation to hop on the trainer when you're not feeling like it. the guys who are faster than you are sucking it up.
if you are not doing so already, consider doing trainer sessions with intensity. i can understand your feeling of boredom; riding along without specific purpose on a trainer does that to me.
think about what you want; if you want to do well and don't take this time, don't complain about lack of results next year.
now get on that bike and pedal!
I always tell myself about next year and that I know 100% that I'll get dropped and will hate myself for doing so and then end up thinking back until now that I couldn't just hop on the darn trainer for a couple hours. It does help a decent amount as well, expecially after watching a documentary called "A ride with George", it's about George Hincapie and at one point shows that he has a poster on his wall with writing that reads the races he wants to do good in next year, and his feelings towards them for some motivation. Pro's do it to.
This is truely a great documentary, they interview him on a bikie ride, and ask personal questions that you've never heard like, "what is your favourtie colour?" It's awesome, I definitely recommend this to anyone when you have the time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vj_qyxWfdQ&feature=plcp
I have a coach and some of the rides consist of 2.5 hours of just riding at 75%.. those are really the only ones that rip my motivation level to the ground. Intensity does bring some thinking and pain involved which keeps the mind focused, therefore less bordem.
Thanks a ton for this, it really helped :)!
Originally Posted by rbart4506
You need to ride with a purpose on a trainer. Just getting on and spinning the pedals is so difficult for anyone, but getting on with a defined purpose makes the time go by much faster. Also, remember it's tough for all of us. I know that when I start my indoor workouts that there will be an adjustment period. It usually takes me about a week or two of solid training before I get into the swing of things. I started back on the trainer last week and it was shear heII. I had just finished a nice block of week and was doing a recovery week. The legs were sore, the mind was not focused and the workouts sucked. This weekend the real work started and Saturday hurt, but Sunday I felt better. It still hurt and was tough, but things were flowing better. Feeling more natural you would say. I know that as this week progresses things will only improve and by January I will once again be doing my 2.5-3hr trainer sessions. These are sessions that I look as insane right now, but will be the norm then.
Baby steps, it's all about baby steps...
Ya the only problem is that I have some rides that are 2-2.5 hrs long of just spinning, that's the really killer. The only times that are good for that is when a good tv show is on. Everything will be fine for the next 3 weeks because I have the next 2 weeks of pure strength/endurance, and sprinting rides, only 2 boring rides that will actually probably be nice consider the amount/intesity coming up. And then there is one week off so I could adjust to what I feel like doing :D Thanks for the advice!