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    Clydesdale Trainer Riding

    So I just purchased a mag trainer for my winter riding. I haven't ridden in over 2 weeks (illness) and decided to give the trainer a first ride. I wasn't sure what to think about the rides since I enjoy my Pittsburgh riding. Overall it was a pretty good success. Rode for about 45 minutes at a good clip. Just wondering how anyone else does with their trainers.

    I would like to start this as a "What was your Trainer ride like today." Let's hear what you all think.

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    Haven't ridden today, but gave my new trainer (Kurt Kinetic) a spin yesterday morning instead of going on the group ride (still treading snot in a sea of mucus). Used a Sufferfest video I downloaded ("The Hunted"). A self-administered total butt kicking.

    I do pretty good on exercise machines, can zone out and just go. But using the video was far more effective than I would be just spinning, and the Sufferfest series are only $11.95 each (or some discounted price if you purchase all 8). I was very satisfied with the intensity of the workout - two towels worth. Not nearly as fun as the group ride would have been, but it was a very intense hour.

    I like the sufferfest vids because they base the level of effort on your perceived effort on a scale one to ten. You don't spend much time below 7 after warmup. But no powermeter, heart rate monitor, cadence meter, etc required. I use my speedometer to gage effort a bit, coupled with a quick six-second count to get approximate cadence when you need to spin fast per the "coach." Shortly going to finish another couple of chores and then climb aboard again.
    2011 BMC SR02; 2010 Fuji Cross Comp; n+1 on hold today, due to college tuition and a wedding. Some day, some where, over the rainbow, I will get that 29er....

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    Well I definitely like the idea of low budget (no meters or monitors) so this seems like a pretty good idea. Any others having success with such videos. If you have any favorites please, do tell.

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    My trainer rides are great, it is how I wake up before work. I also have some spinervals videos I can do if I want a serious workout. They really whoop me

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    I can do 3hrs outside in any weather +40 To -40 no problem, but I can't do 30 minutes inside.
    It's like a slow painful torture that never ends, and 5 minutes seems like an hour!

    As we speak one of my MTB's is sitting on an awesome Kurt Kenetic mag trainer,
    but I dread using it.
    Maybe it is a good thing since I prefer the -25C ride outside to the +25C ride inside.

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    When I have used a trainer, I do intervals.

    10 minutes warm up, decent spin.

    1 minute full out biggest gear

    3 minutes rest

    1 minute full out biggest gear

    3 minutes rest

    Repeat then use the last 5 mintues for a cool down ( total of 45 minutes).....I do full out effort so at times, the 3 minutes rest may turn to 4. I use a fan pointed head on to keep me a little cool. I sweat like a dog. I know someone will say "3 minutes is too long", if you think so, you aren't pushing hard enough..

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    Competing with myself. I forget the numbers but lets say as an example I can do 70 revolutions in one minute all out in the 53/12, on the next interval I will try to top it by one.

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    I've been using a Cycleops fluid trainer for about a month now.I like it! I use the trainer twice a week for 30 mins to augment my other regular rides. I do 5 mins warmup,15 mins at my Max, and 5 mins cool down. The biggest difference I have noticd is that the lack of coasting on a trainer is improving my "regular" rides.
    The trainer also allows me to ride on icy days. Good fun!

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    I like to ride outside, period. But that might change when it snows.... or I will get studded tires. This is why I plan on commuting to work very soon. Easy way to get 22 miles in a day.

    Looked at trainers but havent been able to offered it yet

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    I love the DVD's I got at Spinervals.com

    They give me one hell of a workout!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
    I love the DVD's I got at Spinervals.com

    They give me one hell of a workout!
    As luck would have it, our local "freebie" ads just listed a "Ironman Crossover Spin Bike" as free to whomever can come get it. Its located a mile from my home so I jumped on it. I have the Cycleops Fluid trainer but thought it might be fun to try a true spin bike for a few sessions - if it doesnt work out I can "pass it on"

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    [QUOTE=Mr. Beanz;13515599]When I have used a trainer, I do intervals.

    10 minutes warm up, decent spin.

    1 minute full out biggest gear

    3 minutes rest

    1 minute full out biggest gear

    3 minutes rest

    Repeat then use the last 5 mintues for a cool down ( total of 45 minutes).....I do full out effort so at times, the 3 minutes rest may turn to 4. I use a fan pointed head on to keep me a little cool. I sweat like a dog. I know someone will say "3 minutes is too long", if you think so, you aren't pushing hard enough..

    so I totally did this for a little over an hour... totally killed me as I watched the Pens game.

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