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Old 07-25-07, 12:38 PM   #1
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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? p%20by%20Subcat%3A%20Trainers%20and%20Rollers

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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.
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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.

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