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Old 04-02-19, 06:44 PM
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How to train on rainy days?

what does the bf world do to train on rainy days...I don't ride in the rain .I don't like getting wet and all the bike clean up that follows...using a trainer indoors is boring and torture....I have been running 10 miles on days when its not raining to hard..just wonder what everybody else does
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some nut up, some ride the trainer, some don't.

It's not as bad as you think....
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Rain or shine, I'm out daily. I prefer riding in the rain (when it's not too cold) actually. For the bike, just wash it off with the garden hose. No big deal.
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Unless it's absolutely pouring, I ride. The trainer is absolutely awful, and I will resort to it only when some physical malady (like a broken hand) prevents me from riding normally.
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
some nut up, some ride the trainer, some don't.

It's not as bad as you think....
ive done the rain riding didn't take long to say no thanks....ive done the trainer god awful boring torture where time seems to slow down....running is a good way to keep up with ur cardio training
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Old 04-02-19, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
Rain or shine, I'm out daily. I prefer riding in the rain (when it's not too cold) actually. For the bike, just wash it off with the garden hose. No big deal.
are u training or are u commuting to work riding sort of thing.....I don't like getting my good training bike all grimy and wet
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
are u training or are u commuting to work riding sort of thing.....I don't like getting my good training bike all grimy and wet
Yeah, commuting. I guess I should have specified that... None the less, I like riding in the rain
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One word: mudguards.
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Fenders and wool. Or Zwift.
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
ive done the rain riding didn't take long to say no thanks....ive done the trainer god awful boring torture where time seems to slow down....running is a good way to keep up with ur cardio training
Don't have too many other choices.

Peloton?

Rollers are simultaneously boring and exciting. Sportcrafter have pretty realistic resistance.
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what does the bf world do to train on rainy days...I don't ride in the rain .I don't like getting wet and all the bike clean up that follows...using a trainer indoors is boring and torture....I have been running 10 miles on days when its not raining to hard..just wonder what everybody else does
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are u training or are u commuting to work riding sort of thing.....I don't like getting my good training bike all grimy and wet
I use a fairly good aluminum road bike or hybrid as a beater to spare my pristine carbon fiber bike on my commute, which are my training rides, even including a long route on Saturdays to go to work for a few hours at my convenience.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
One word: mudguards.

My last visit to Belgium 'they' said the young racers in training did not want to be seen with mudguards,

so as to not be mistaken for tourists..


[They get a hot local shower at home]







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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
running is a good way to keep up with ur cardio training
Are we doing this again?


1. Trainer / Rollers -set up in front of the TV and find a TDF or Giro/Vuelta stage on YouTube (foreign language broadcast makes it seem like youíre part of the race)

2. Cross-train. Run, lift, Zumba, all of the above, whatever.

3. HTFU and go ride your bike. Itís what a true Hardman would do.
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Old 04-02-19, 11:10 PM
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It's not actually a complicated issue, is it? Your choices are:

1. Ride in the rain
2. Use a trainer indoors
3. Run in the rain
4. Run on a treadmill
5. Whatever else floats your boat.
6. Do nothing when it rains;

We who live in Seattle have a nine-month monsoon season, so we each have to decide what works for each of us. For me: I don't like cycling in the rain, and my knees have run out of cartilage, so I can't run anymore. So I can do nothing, or use a trainer indoors.

I choose to ride on a trainer, in front of a TV, watching movies or old TV shows. Yes, it's boring. But it beats getting fat and out of shape, I think.

YMMV
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Afraid you will melt ? Rain is no big deal. Man up and get out there.
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I go to the gym and do resistance training and lifting. Need that to promote bone density, which bicycling doesn't do.
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I don't like riding in the rain, never have - but like it less as I got older, for a variety of reasons. Would almost never ride outside if it was raining hard but would take chances if it was just showers or just a forecast of rain. The old indoor trainers were too boring.

With Zwift, I hardly ever tough it out anymore! I can choose from races, workouts, group rides, just riding, etc - get in a good workout without cars and trucks spraying in my face.

Last fall, on a group 55 mile ride, where there was no mention of rain in the forecast, a cold steady rain hit at about mile 20. It hadn't stopped by the 25 mile rest stop and lot of people diverted to a shortcut would have still meant 40 miles total. I looked at the weather radar on my phone and convinced myself I was just about to ride out of it - wrong. The little rain cloud seemed to synch up with the route and my speed. Continued to pour for the next 20 miles - I slogged it out by disassociated and pretending I was on Zwift climbing the volcano in Watopia...
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I currently live in Florida, where you are always wet. Either it is raining or you are sweating up a storm. I ride in it, on steel. See a lot of others out in it as well. If it were cold and rain I would probably find another way, but that rarely happens so not an issue for me.
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are u training or are u commuting to work riding sort of thing.....I don't like getting my good training bike all grimy and wet
You clearly donít have enough bikes. Get a cyclocross bike that has fender mounts and use it in the rain and/or for riding gravel or racing cyclocross. Wipe the chain when youíre finished and leave it dirty. I commute year round in Vancouver so am accustomed to rain. I donít like it but prefer to ride in the rain than sit ona trainer. If I could run for 10 miles Iíd do that instead but it takes me a long time to build up my running to the point where I can do long runs injury free and I donít have the energy at the moment to run and bike.
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what does the bf world do to train on rainy days...I don't ride in the rain .I don't like getting wet and all the bike clean up that follows...using a trainer indoors is boring and torture....I have been running 10 miles on days when its not raining to hard..just wonder what everybody else does
Cycle outside anyway
Ride my trainer ... I used to do commercial intervals, but now it's Zwift
Go to the gym to take a Spin Class or run on the treadmill
Go for a walk
Use my rowing machine
Go to the pool for a swim
Take a day off
Lift weights
Climb the stairs at work
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take the day off (seriously)
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