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Boring training rides(9 posts)

Boring training rideszoom
Oct 8, 2001 8:55 AM
What do you guys/girls do to keep from falling asleep during training rides. I refuse to buy a trainer to ride in doors, it gets cold here but not that cold and my ridding buds are wusses and say it is to cold and watch tour tapes from trainers. Not for me. I get so ferkin' bored on winter rides. Help, MP3, CD, sing to your self what!
I have an overactive imagination.................Len J
Oct 8, 2001 9:28 AM
and I like to write. So I usually have a poem or plot idea list handy. I just select one & try to think through what I want the poem/story to say & how I want to say it. I take along a small notebook in case I hit upon something that I really don't want to lose. Of course I occasionally get some strange looks when I'm sitting in the shoulder writing in a 3X5 notebook. (s)

Basically, I try to keep my mind occupied, wether its with a story or with one of my kids problems or even a problem at work, its amazing how far you can go without realizing it when your mind is occupied.

Len
that's why swimming is so boring ...tarwheel
Oct 8, 2001 10:10 AM
I used to swim a lot, and it's great cross-training exercise. But it is 10x more boring than cycling, even on a trainer. Whenever I let my mind wander while swimming, I would lose track of my lap count.

I generally don't get bored cycling, unless I'm forced to do the same route a number of days in a row. Then you can always ride the route in the reverse direction, assuming it's a loop. During lousy weather, I go to spin cycle classes at the YMCA. The music and other people keep it from getting boring. It's also a great workout, like doing intervals, but hard to do 2 days in a row for that reason.
re: Boring training ridesDINOSAUR
Oct 8, 2001 10:12 AM
I never get bored. Sometimes I think I'm bored just thinking about riding the same old places, but once I get all my gear on and mount my bike everything falls into place. Yeah, I sing to myself, talk to myself. During the winter when I get out after a period of rain I have some of my best rides. Somehow I get get the inclination to write poems, don't ask me why. But I come home and transpire my thoughts with the help of my computer. You might consider doing some type of cross training. I use a Concept II rowing machine. I reach aerobic treshholds that I can't reach on my bike, also it strengthens my upper body. But talk about boring, I use different programs in order to mix it up.
For me half the battle is staying motivated, and the winter makes it twice as bad. The secret I've found is like the Nike ad, "Just Do It" and don't make any lame excuses. Just get off your rear, get dressed and mount up....
bigger tires+fields&dirt+critters+ride fast=not boring nmSpinchick
Oct 8, 2001 10:38 AM
amen!!! (NM)thejerseydevil
Oct 8, 2001 11:18 AM
Can you say llama? nmBrooks
Oct 8, 2001 1:18 PM
agree. mtb rides offer off-season training options...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 9, 2001 5:47 AM
and it's now my time of year to start riding dirt. amazing how one hour of hard mtb riding (it's all relative, as there is no "M" for the "TB" 'round here) compares to one hour of hard road riding...
Change bikes, routes, distances and styles.MB1
Oct 9, 2001 6:37 AM
Don't quit riding, just change things around. Some ideas;

If you are a spinner-mash some gears.
Don't like hills? Climb the hardest hill you can find.
Find an old beater bike-a one speed preferably. Run it for a while.
A roadie? Go off road into the nastiest stuff you can find.
Commute by bike through the winter.

Then tell your buds all about it as you drop them in the Spring.