Bike Trainer Workouts

This has probably become apparent from my weekly workout recaps, but I have really grown to love my bike trainer workouts.  Given that I have a love-hate relationship with my treadmill, I expected the same from the bike trainer, but so far, I haven’t found the hate.

For those of you unfamiliar, a bike trainer is basically just a piece of equipment that you hook your bike into to make it into a stationary bike.  Some are fancier than others and have way more features, but mine is pretty basic.  If I want to make the ride easier or harder, I do that with my gears, not with any settings on the trainer.

Now, miles on the trainer don’t necessarily equal miles outside.  Personally, I find that I’m slower inside because you can’t really coast on a trainer.  Sure, you don’t get uphills, but you definitely don’t get downhills.  There’s no way I’m hitting 35mph on my trainer, and when I’m outside riding, it’s a pretty regular occurrence (thank you, hills).  But it still feels like a good workout.  I definitely get off the bike dripping with sweat.

I do workouts in a number of different ways.  Sometimes I just ride.  Sometimes I do intervals by effort or by RPM.  I have a computer attached to my bike that measures speed, distance, and RPM.  One of the things I struggle with is cadence, meaning how fast my legs are going.  In general, they go too slow.  Apparently, I should be trying to get my cadence up to 90.  It is not there.  But a trainer workout is a great way to try to get there without risking crashing into a parked car.

I also kind of love that I can watch tv while riding.  I miss having time to just sit and watch tv, so my excuse to watch is when I’m on the bike or on the treadmill.  I think having found my love of the trainer is just what I need for this winter to keep me on track.  (Have I mentioned how happy I am to not be marathon training again this year?)

Check out trainer workouts online.  There are a ton of them out there, and they make an indoor cycling workout so much more fun.  And you can do them on a stationary bike as well!

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