Ok, all, got a question. Cold weather has driven me to YMCA for my work-outs. I've been using this cool stationary bike they have (an Expresso I think it's called) that has a video screen mounted on it. YOu pick the program you want, and it shows a computer animation of people riding through the scenery and trip that you picked. YOu can set the pace rider, too.
Anyway, there's some good mountain routines on there and I've been doing there the last week or so. It's like you're riding up mountains, down, etc. The resistance automatically increases/decreases depending upon the onscreen situation. You also select the gearing you want too as you are riding.
At times, using the various mountain programs, I've actually found myself standing to pedal, just as if I was really taking on a incline. I've been burning up just as many calories as I would riding my Trek, too.
so--here's the question. I live in a VERY flat area but have chances several times a year to go into other parts of VA that are hilly/mountainous. I always find myself sucking when on this rides because I have no hill training.
Is this stationary bike program any help in hill training or am I wasting my time using the hill scenerios? It does feel like a good work-out but I'm wondering about the hills specifically. I know it's not realistic but do y'all think it might give me some help in hill training at all? I really want to be able to keep up on the hills next time I meet up with my group to ride.