Sunday evening, I was supposed to go for a long training ride with my friend Bec (with whom I’m doing the Death Valley Century Ride). It was cold and drizzly, neither of us were really feeling it, so we postponed. But I still had to get my workout in, so I finally tried out something I’d borrowed from my friend Missy: a bicycle trainer. As you can see, I was a little skeptical:
But dude, that thing is awesome!
It basically turns your regular bike into a stationary bike. I was concerned that I wouldn’t get in a very good workout (as evidenced by the fact that I’m wearing my pjs and I didn’t even bother to pull back my hair), but it was just as vigorous as riding on the street; maybe even a little better because (although there were no uphills) there were no downhills or periods of coasting. I didn’t need to worry that my front tube was flat from a slow leak, because it just sits in that little plastic rest. Nice!
I did 40 minutes while watching Biggest Loser for motivation. I had to ask my husband to bring me a hair tie, because I got sweaty. It was definitely a decent workout and I’m so happy to have a new option for getting in my training rides!