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    Trainer Woes

    The winter season is now upon us and while im all up for winter riding road conditions and lack of dope winter roadie gear my workouts are getting restricted to the trainer....Which I find extremely boring, although with music and focus can be bearable...Can anyone suggest any ideas to help trainer rides, moreso longer spins rather than interval work, easier to bear? Also can anyone point me to somewheres online where i might be able to download Chris Carmicheal tapes or older TdF vids, Back to spinning...

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    Grab a movie off the shelf and ride. Riding the trainer this winter has been a great chance to watch some DVDs I haven't seen in years.

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    music. i actually don't have a trainer, and that's my woe. but certain music makes me want to do nothing more than ride--slayer, converge, terrorizer, etc. heavy, crushing, fast, adrenaline-y. i can't listen to "angel of death" without my legs starting to spin as though i'm on a bike and visions of the road speeding by beneath me flashing through my head.

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    riding a trainer seems like the most boring thing ever, maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin_
    riding a trainer seems like the most boring thing ever, maybe
    that's the whole effin point of this thread. thanks for your input.
    every scar has a story

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    hire two midgets to beat the unholy living sh*t out of each other in a specially constructed, miniture steel cage. Or at least watch a movie of it.
    Bloodstains, speed kills, fast bikes, cheap thrills, French girls, fine wine...

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    Hey! **** you, I'm a midget!

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    what's your hourly wage?

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    ive got a makeshift cage...

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    language dvd's, or math tutorials.
    i'm not kidding. engage your mind and the time will fly by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolface
    language dvd's, or math tutorials.
    i'm not kidding. engage your mind and the time will fly by.
    You're a mean mean man. You expect people to learn and exercise -at the same time-?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-bob
    You're a mean mean man. You expect people to learn and exercise -at the same time-?!
    damn straight

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    I have a Cycleops fluid trainer and a set of Kreitler rollers. I find the rollers much better as it forces me to concentrate on my form and balance. I know that I don't get the resistence like on the fluid unit but they do make resistance units for the rollers also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by invicta
    The winter season is now upon us and while im all up for winter riding road conditions and lack of dope winter roadie gear my workouts are getting restricted to the trainer
    I'm sorry ... I'm having trouble getting past this part of the post.

    What do you think you need in the way of gear to ride outside? I've collected most of my winter riding gear quite inexpensively from local department stores.


    Quote Originally Posted by dolface
    language dvd's, or math tutorials.
    i'm not kidding. engage your mind and the time will fly by.
    I agree!! I've taken classes just about every year of my life since I was 5 years old, and I'm currently in University (again) ... and I've spent many hours riding my trainer while studying. These days it is even easier because you don't have to try to set up a stand in front of the bicycle to put your binders and books on ... you can create a PowerPoint presentation of your class notes, point your trainer at your computer monitor, and ride while the presentation goes!

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    I use a wind trainer a few times every week and I use music to train to.
    No intervals, just try to keep in time with the music, usually get line dancing or rock N roll music with a beat rythm of around 80-90 per minute.
    one and a half hours is usually enough for me per session.
    Hope this helps
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    From mid Marh until November I ride my bike hard. That is the only training I do. When winter comes I still ride just not as much. Winter cycling gear need not be anything expensive or beyond what you probably already have in your closet.

    Also take some time away from bike specific training during the winter. I work out in a local gym doing mostly upper body training and specific leg exercises to help me improve in cycling. It works and makes cycling much more excitiong. try a little variety.
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    We installed a Tivo in the family room shortly before Christmas, and with the right software and a network, I can download shows and movies from the Tivo to my laptop and watch them while I ride the trainer in the bedroom. DVDs work also.

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    I ride my trainer outside and have been thinking of getting a program that converts dvd's into formats viewable on my palm pilot. I actually just got done riding the trainer just now - was on there for a mere 35 minutes before I got too bored. Still have energy so I might take my bike out for some urban riding . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trekke
    From mid Marh until November I ride my bike hard. That is the only training I do. When winter comes I still ride just not as much. Winter cycling gear need not be anything expensive or beyond what you probably already have in your closet.

    Also take some time away from bike specific training during the winter. I work out in a local gym doing mostly upper body training and specific leg exercises to help me improve in cycling. It works and makes cycling much more excitiong. try a little variety.
    I definitely agree with you on that one. If you force yourself to continue to ride year-round when you really don't want to, you stand a good chance of getting so burned out on the sport, that you won't feel like riding when the weather does get better. Try some other form of cardiovascular exercise either indoors or outdoors and some low weight - high rep weight training designed expecially for your cycling muscles so that you won't have so much "catching up" to do when you do get back on the bike. Think positive!

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    i've tried everything to stay longer on my rollers, and what seems to work for me is a multimedia approach... put something on the telly on CC, then put some crazy music on shuffle play. watch the telly, keep cadence with the music, sprint during commercials or fun songs or both.

    this morning, it was Josie and the *****cats on TV, Ted Leo on the MP3 player, and 45 minutes of hard riding. (WOAH! I can't reference the best gem of crappy girly teen film ever, based on the Archie comics, Josie and the Pu$$ycats?)

    admittedly, though, i've never done more than 75 minutes on rollers. if i have that much time, i'll usually go outside and suffer through.

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    Recommended for trainer viewing: "Catwoman" (Halle Berry). I just finished watching this last night during an hour-long trainer session. Howard Stern on "E" was good for a while, but it looks like they've gone off now that Stern's moved to satellite. Old SNL reruns make good trainer viewing too. Slow-moving movies with lots of dialogue are bad.

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    TV works for me, as long as it's fast-paced. I joined a postal DVD rental club to give me interesting things to watch on my trainer. Most of the Tours de France highlights are on DVD, and it's given me a chance to watch a load of bizarre japanimation that's never shown on TV here and that I'd never actually buy.

    Or, rather than watch your favourite TV shows while slobbed on the couch, video them and watch them on your trainer.

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