I've spent most of the winter indoors on a stationary trainer (fluid) gradually climbing the gears. It was getting kind of old, like my attitude. There have been less than a dozen days riding outside since snow flew back in November. Last year was pretty much the same as were most prior years. Winter is easing up here but the majority of my hours on a bike are still indoors.
Today however, was different. I bought a set of rollers. It has been more than 20 years since I've been on rollers and I was pretty sure I could figure out the balance needed to stay upright. But, there was a nagging question mark in the dark recesses of my brain - Would I be up to the test?
This evening I set the rollers up and fit them to the road bike. I slipped one of my favorite CDs into the boom box and climbed aboard. Starting out I was next to a wall without being clipped in to the pedals. The first track on the CD saw a few false starts. By the start of the second track I'd repositioned everything next to a bookcase, but that turned out to be to unstable to rely upon. By the third track I had moved to the doorway between the exercise/gear room and the shop. That was were I started to get it. Elbows could be flared to the door jamb for stability and I was paying attention to keep my cadence up. "Now we are getting somewhere." I said to myself, ahhh delusion! I was going nowhere fast
But, I'd gotten to the point were I was not relying on the door jam continuously and when the fourth song ended I new I had it back. Twenty + years evaporated and I couldn't wipe the grin off my face.
Half an hour later I was realizing that this is significantly more of a workout than riding the stationary trainer in the same gears. Perhaps it was the level of concentration required, perhaps the whole body musculature that was called upon for balance. I noticed that my rear wheel bounced very slightly with each pedal stroke - not as smooth and round as I'd thought. And, in a couple places muscles where tightening up where they wouldn't either on the road or on the stationary trainer.
At one hour I decided that was enough for a first go. WOW!!! What a great workout. It completely refreshed my attitude and my outlook on indoor training. Sure, this to can get old if I rely on it to much. But, for the present I feel like a kid again.