Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-25-07, 12:38 PM   #1
wrxrider
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Central New Jersey
Bikes: Giant OCR C2
Posts: 142
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Emergency training ?? and trainer advice

I'm doing a 220 mile (Hershey, PA - NYC) charity ride in nine weeks.

I've these kinds of rides before, but not for many years. I'm 49, a bit overweight, but generally in decent shape. I started training about two months ago, doing 25-50 miles per week + two spinning classes. The plan was to step it up to where I'd now be in the saddle 100 miles per week (50+25+25). My commute is 3-4 hours each day, so my riding time's a bit limited.

2 1/2 weeks ago I strained my calf. I'd suffererd a grade 2 tear about 3 years ago and this is the same leg. I'm resting it and expect to be able to resume riding easy next week and hopefully do real mileage and hills in 2-3 weeks. That's putting me way behind schedule.

I'm wondering if a resistence trainer such as the one of the products below would be a good substitute for road work over the short term? I've never used one but suspect it'll allow me to keep the resistence down to play it safe while also allowing me to work out at home during the week. Good idea? Bad idea? Other ideas?

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...=&pagename=Sho p%20by%20Subcat%3A%20Trainers%20and%20Rollers

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BLACKBURN-TR...QQcmdZViewItem


Thanks.
wrxrider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-07, 12:48 PM   #2
UmneyDurak
RacingBear
 
UmneyDurak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: NorCal
Bikes:
Posts: 8,576
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
If you can't ride outside, trainer is an OK substitute. I wouldn't do most of your mileage on them thought. They are boring as hell thought. Personally an hour is my limit on a trainer.
UmneyDurak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-07, 06:36 PM   #3
ericgu
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 1,941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a trainer but can't stomach more than 45 minutes on it. I use it to warm up for core training and when the weather really sucks. And they have the disadvantage that the resistance stays high rather than cycling up and down, and you don't get the variety (standing, sitting, stopping). I think that makes things worse for trying to rehabilitate an injury.

I think you're going to have to decide whether you can still do the ride in a few weeks. I had a small twinge that I thought was healed show up on a long hard ride Thursday, and it was not much fun.
__________________
Eric

2005 Trek 5.2 Madone, Red with Yellow Flames (Beauty)
199x Lemond Tourmalet, Yellow with fenders (Beast)

Read my cycling blog at http://riderx.info/blogs/riderx
Like climbing? Goto http://www.bicycleclimbs.com
ericgu is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:45 AM.