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TRAINER MILES vs ROAD MILES(6 posts)

TRAINER MILES vs ROAD MILESbear
Aug 27, 2002 3:18 PM
hi:
I finnally got on my trainer and did 40 minutes ( got home to late to hit the road) I suffer like hell and hated witha passion. would it be fair to count this trainer miles with my road miles? I figure 10 miles for each 30 minutes is fair? No? Tell you something I think I need more time on the trainer because I suffer in 40 minutes like if I did 60 hard miles.
re: TRAINERs suck....WCC
Aug 27, 2002 6:02 PM
I loathe them. But I will hop on mine when i have to. The thing with trainers is that you are almost pedaling constantly, which isnt always the case on the road. Not to mention boredom, and no wind in your face to evaporate sweat.
re: TRAINERs suck....Breakfast
Aug 27, 2002 9:09 PM
Get a fan on a pedestal with a strong HIGH setting that allows the fan to be above the handlebars.

The trainer means no stop signals like on the road, so in a hour workout you can get alot done. One important feature of trainers is the ability to work on leg speed or high rpm training. Intervals can be taken to the point where you would worry about falling over if you were riding on the bike.

And, you can listen to music or watch TV or be home for the spouse's benefit or to recieve an important phone call.

But it's a given we really love the outdoors and the trainer doesn't compare as an experience.
re: TRAINERs suck....Rob March
Aug 28, 2002 6:44 AM
I just got a trainer last week for my wrist healing period. It's damnably boring, but I've been riding consistently for several months (about to buy my first road bike) and hated the thought of losing all the strength that I had gained. I definitely agree with drinking extra water. I seem to drink 24oz in just 30 minutes of pedaling.

Can't wait to get back on the road...another 3 weeks at least (grrr).

Rob
10% less=same on roadhusker
Aug 28, 2002 3:13 AM
At least that is what I have read (I believe that it is a Chris Carmichael theory). Due to the fact that there are no breaks, the constant spinning and the fact that you can flat out hammer on a trainer and sweat like hell, you can do 10% less time on the trainer to get the same workout on the road. It does take a bit of time to get used to a trainer if you have done only road miles. By the way, drink LOTS while on a trainer.
How far did you go? I'd count the time but not as miles. nmdzrider
Aug 28, 2002 4:57 AM