Due to bad weather and scheduling conflicts, I haven't gone out riding this week and I won't be able to be out on the road next week either.
So I've already put in a good session on the stationary bike yesterday. It's the computerized kind, that allows you to vary the resistance, and it keeps track of cadence, HR, distance traveled, and calories burned. I spent 55 minutes on it yesterday, and my perceived effort was just as hard, if not even harder, than a 20-25 mile road ride with a relatively fast group (20 mph pace). I was POURING sweat all over the place by halfway through the workout. HR in the 150s-170s bpm (I'm 32).
Although I take the "distance traveled" reading on the stationary bike with a grain of salt, it's nice to see. Perceived effort is a more important measure, IMHO.
Do any of you do intervals on a stationary bike and find that it maintains or improves your conditioning during the time that you're unable to go out on the road? I just don't want to lose my fitness and conditioning in the next week or two.