Training Regiment for the Winter Months
Hello everyone. I've been visiting this forum off and on for quite some time. I just recently bought a new hybrid bike this past summer and was riding it to and from work, approximately 5 miles each way. I've since stopped riding since it is so cold outside.
I would like to train in the winter so I'm not back to where I was when I first started riding this past summer. I would also like to train for longer rides that I'm planning next summer.
So I have been doing some research on indoor trainers to help me train. I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I have done some reading up on the different types of trainers, mags/fluid/rollers etc.
I'm so overwhelmed, I don't know where to begin. What kind of trainer should I get? How often should I ride? For how long and at what resistance?
I did read Danno's sticky post:
Winter Training: Indoor Riding & Weight-Lifting
But it doesn't really answer all my questions. What kind of training should I do for longer rides. Should I focus on spinning and increasing my max cadence? Or should I go with something that is more resistant to build muscle? I guess I would really like to get something that I can do both on.
Anyone have any suggestions on an indoor trainer that I can use with my bike that would meet my needs and suggest a simple regiment to get me started? I'm not looking for something really expensive, something practical to get the job done. I am looking to stay under $200 for just a trainer.
I would appreciate any input and help. Thanks!