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Old 02-26-12, 04:53 AM   #1
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Do you count trainer miles in your monthly total?

So I live in the rainforest otherwise known as western Washington State. I just bought a trainer for my road bike, and it made me wonder. Do you consider trainer miles to be apart of your monthly total miles?
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Old 02-26-12, 05:14 AM   #2
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I do not no but there is absolutely no hard and fast rule for this. When we throw up the mileage thread, we can count them yes. Its not about the destination, its about the journey.

No mileage police will come after you, I promise!

But on a side note, I have lived in WA almost all my life. I love riding in the rain. Shower Pass makes the best booties out there FYI.
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Old 02-26-12, 05:15 AM   #3
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It's your total, include whatever you like. To me trainer miles are the hardest of all. There's the reverse relativity effect to consider. I'll get on the trainer and do an hour workout and when I get off I find the rest of the world has only aged 12 minutes. When actually riding outside, time flies.
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I count them, BUT I tend to seperate the road miles from the trainer miles. Then I total them up. This way I have a count for both types of miles.
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I don't count miles at all, preferring to use ride time as a gauge for all of my riding. I find this gives me a more accurate way to keep track of my goals and a better account of how much I'm actually riding. Because of the many different types of terrain and places I ride 20 miles doesn't always equal 20 miles. If I go hit the mountain bike trails for two hours I may only do 15-16 miles, when I ride in Virginia Beach with my Navy buddy that same two hours may get me 36-40 miles. Here in PA riding the hills solo I might only go 26-30 in two hours, and on the trainer I can easily get 40-45 miles in two hours. At the end of the day regardless of where I rode, I still only rode for two hours, regardless of the mileage count. Because of that I set all of my weekly and monthly goals based on time.
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No, since I have no way to quantify the "mileage."
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+1 This is the first winter that I have ridden on a trainer.
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I count them, BUT I tend to seperate the road miles from the trainer miles. Then I total them up. This way I have a count for both types of miles.
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Well I didn't expect the mile police to come bust me. I was just wondering, I see lots of people on here with the little ticker in their signature line that tracks their miles. I didn't know what most people's opinion was. Personally, my cycle computer is tracking them, so I'm counting them! But hopefully it will stop raining within the next few months and I can do some real riding, or just nut up and get some rain gear.
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Trainer Miles are not real miles.

Trainer miles are just time on the bike.
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But on a side note, I have lived in WA almost all my life. I love riding in the rain. Shower Pass makes the best booties out there FYI.
Here's a pic from Chehalis. It was a few years ago.

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Well I didn't expect the mile police to come bust me.
No one expects the mile police!

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Personally, my cycle computer is tracking them, so I'm counting them!
You must have your computer's magnet mounted on your rear wheel, then, or else your computer has cadence and you're calculating your gear-inches along with that info. Or you're riding rollers. Or maybe there's a way to do it I'm not aware of. Wouldn't be the first time, nor the last.
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It's your total, include whatever you like. To me trainer miles are the hardest of all. There's the reverse relativity effect to consider. I'll get on the trainer and do an hour workout and when I get off I find the rest of the world has only aged 12 minutes. When actually riding outside, time flies.
This pretty much covers it for me too.
I find miles on a trainer exponentially harder to accomplish than outside.

I focus on time and heart rate (cardio training to improve fitness) when using the trainer. Mileage and speed is secondary.
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You must have your computer's magnet mounted on your rear wheel, then, or else your computer has cadence and you're calculating your gear-inches along with that info. Or you're riding rollers. Or maybe there's a way to do it I'm not aware of. Wouldn't be the first time, nor the last.
Ahh, actually I just realized I sold my cadence computer with my old bike. New one is mounted on the front wheel.
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Here's a pic from Chehalis. It was a few years ago.

Yes, that was just one of the several 500 year floods we've had here in the past 5 years!
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I also live in Washington, outside of Seattle. I do count my trainer miles since that is most of what I do during the winter. I will be in California next month, so I will ride outside as much as possible. For the mileage police, I have my sensor on the back wheel so I know how for I would have been riding. The ride on the trainer is much harder than outside (if the weather is nice).
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In Califronia, I don't really need trainer time but if I did, I'd more than likely figure my time then credit myself 16 miles per hour. I've seen too many clowns in the past credit themselves 26 mph on the trainer but the rest of their journals post 15-16'ish on the actual road. I remember one lady telling me I wasn't a serious rider because I wore a tank top while riding. Of course I was climbing 5000 ft in 100 degree temps while she was riding the trainer by her fireplace reading a book and averaging 26 mph, but she 'was' wearing a jersey
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I count 'em. Miles are miles. I have a Garmin 705 and cadence sensor so I can track my miles pretty easily. My indoor rides tend to be shorter and more intense (usually in the form of intervals).
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I think the most geeky thing I do is my log is separated from all bikes, trainer and stationary bikes at the gym. I can see total miles, miles on trainer and what bike, miles on road, miles in the woods etc...
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no not even, trainer miles count as ? some say 1/2 hr on trainer=2hr on road
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I count them. Like Jethro said, trainer miles are very much 'the hardest miles of all' in my book. The amount of boredom and reality warping required to pedal and go nowhere for such a length of time is near maddening, imo. I have my Knog n.e.r.d. hooked up to the rear wheel during the winter just for this purpose, and then track that along side my Wahoo HRM. I leave notes on the rides specifying trainer or not, but it's pretty obvious with no GPS data to back it up also.
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