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!