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Old 12-17-09, 12:46 PM
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Videos to watch while sitting on the trainer

The cold weather is finally settling in, which means 2-3 hour trainer sessions may be in my future. What are some good DVDs I can pop in to help cure the boredom during the endurance rides?

Keep in mind I don't want to watch videos with a "story," like Breaking Away. If there are DVDs out there that are literally just recordings of Tour stages or whatever else, that'd be perfect. The idea is to feel like I'm riding with "the guys"
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The cold weather is finally settling in, which means 2-3 hour trainer sessions may be in my future. What are some good DVDs I can pop in to help cure the boredom during the endurance rides?

Keep in mind I don't want to watch videos with a "story," like Breaking Away. If there are DVDs out there that are literally just recordings of Tour stages or whatever else, that'd be perfect. The idea is to feel like I'm riding with "the guys"
I think you might be able to find something out there...

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look into the spinerval virtual reality rides and the realRides videos. Also my LBS has all the tours on dvd so that is tons of footage.
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1-2 hours - classics or one of the DVDs in a multi DVD stage race. I like the 2006 Tour, 2007 Giro, but rotate through my other videos/DVDs. If you want to ride longer, watch another one. Skip the inevitable commentary at the beginning.

2 hours - Bourne movie series. Nicely spaced, nicely paced, if you get into the story you'll have about 15 efforts per movie. Do movies first - I find it's harder to get into a movie after a riding DVD, but easy to get into riding mode when going from a movie movie to a bike DVD.

Also good - dumb action movies with rhythmic music. I watch the Tokyo Fast and Furious ones, or some of the Drift Bible DVDs. Best if loud music throughout the movie.

With all bike DVDs I listen to music, with Phil and Paul as obscured background voices.

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i find that i become less and less picky as the winter rolls on.

by february, you won't even need an mp3 player.
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3 hour sessions on a turbo? You're mad. What's wrong with getting a winter bike?
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for me, the problem is darkness at 5:xx
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It's dark at 4 here, at the moment. You have weekends though, right?
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world cycling productions has a great collection of race dvds. classics are great to watch because the coverage is enough to see the race really play out. some stage races can be a little anticlimactic but the 2003 TdF and vuelta, 2005 giro, and 2006 vuelta are really exciting.
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I prefer trainer to outdoor training in all but the most temperate weather. Sometimes I can't resist and go for a long ride in the winter, but I'll do a lot of hours on the trainer. Even in the middle of a hot summer.

And I have lights and winter gear and all that. I just don't want to ride outside sometimes.

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I actually really like live concerts on dvd. I get this great channel called Paladia that just shows live music and I will watch that.

Other thing I will do is toss on the TV, mute it, and put on music. Commercials kill me on tv and this way I can kinda avoid that. I try to put on something that is at least visually entertaining...animal planet, planet earth, discovery chan, stuff like that.
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I bought this last night: http://www.thesufferfest.com/

It was definitely more entertaining than watching mid-90's Spinervals videos, and the digital file was a nice setup. I simply uploaded it to my PS3, no disks to deal with..
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I bought this last night: http://www.thesufferfest.com/

It was definitely more entertaining than watching mid-90's Spinervals videos, and the digital file was a nice setup. I simply uploaded it to my PS3, no disks to deal with..
Those used to be free...
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Fast-paced action movies work for me. I watched "batman dark knight" on the trainer a couple days ago and WOW those 2.5 hours actually went by pretty quickly. A couple of my 10 minute intervals turned into 20 minute ones due to me not watching the clock. I think carmichael/spinerval DVDs produce better results for the hour or so you watch them, but action flicks help make a long tempoish effort tolerable.
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Originally Posted by Basil Moss View Post
3 hour sessions on a turbo? You're mad. What's wrong with getting a winter bike?
I am mad

And yes, my schedule only really allows for evening workouts - when it's completely dark outside. Luckily, my endurance rides are typically on Sundays when I can get out.
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
look into the spinerval virtual reality rides and the realRides videos. Also my LBS has all the tours on dvd so that is tons of footage.
RealRides RACEDAY looks perfect, but... I can't get over Robbie Ventura's voice. He seems like such a tool.
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Originally Posted by asv View Post
I bought this last night: http://www.thesufferfest.com/

It was definitely more entertaining than watching mid-90's Spinervals videos, and the digital file was a nice setup. I simply uploaded it to my PS3, no disks to deal with..
Very nice!! Would be great if they didn't impose their horrible taste in music on you and just let you enjoy the riding. I don't need routines, as I have a coach for that. I'd just love some first-person 3 hour cycling videos
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
I prefer trainer to outdoor training in all but the most temperate weather. Sometimes I can't resist and go for a long ride in the winter, but I'll do a lot of hours on the trainer. Even in the middle of a hot summer.

And I have lights and winter gear and all that. I just don't want to ride outside sometimes.

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Some of the vivid video stuff is timeless.
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Some of the vivid video stuff is timeless.
Not if the wife & kids are around.


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for me, the problem is darkness at 5:xx
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this guy is criminally underviewed and would provide a nice backdrop for intervals (the cycling vids start halfway down the list, olympia is amazing)

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=...esHofbauer#g/u
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Personally, Top Gear is my best friend while I'm on my trainer.
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Those used to be free...
The new one will have UCI Championship video in it. He has really upped the standard! Rights to video distribution and so forth.
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Since you asked, I Netflix everything. Right now I'm watching Season 1 and 2 of Entourage, watched 3:10 to Yuma and a bunch of other random crap this week.
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Originally Posted by cmyke View Post
Very nice!! Would be great if they didn't impose their horrible taste in music on you and just let you enjoy the riding. I don't need routines, as I have a coach for that. I'd just love some first-person 3 hour cycling videos
I sometimes watch the raw footage I shot to make the helmet cam clips. Limited to about 80 minutes due to tape, although I did a 2 hour "PCH" ride once (PCH from Vista to somewhere south of Carlsbad and back). I wish I could coordinate it with a resistance unit, so it gets harder or easier as I go harder or easier in real life. I guess that's a future project or something.

Honestly though, they're not that interesting unless someone either did commentary or something. Video with no story is truly boring.

I can relate to the tapes because I can remember a lot of each individual ride, how I felt, what my legs were doing, stuff like that. A third person, not knowing exactly what's going on, would probably be bored out of their skull. For example, I climb really, really slow, and video slows it down even more (perception wise). And no matter how fast I go, it seems slow. I'm used to watching footage from action movies, F1 races, rally races... pavement going by at 40 mph is kind of like watching the very tail end of an F1 crash, as the thrashed car gently bounces along the barriers.

I recently watched some footage of racing around here. Even though I knew some of the riders (+ on involvement), knew the terrain (+ on knowledge of route), even knew the video guy (+ on wanting to like a friend's clip), I ended up fast forwarding through virtually all of it. No story, no compelling reason not to fast forward. It didn't matter if I skipped a second or 30 seconds, it didn't change what I was seeing - riders going past the camera. Boring.

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