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What should I expect from a Trainer?(11 posts)

What should I expect from a Trainer?NilesFerrier
Oct 10, 2002 11:30 AM
I just ordered this trainer. What sort of program should I do? How long should I use it for everyday? I have been inactive on my bike for quite some time and I wanted to use this to get me 1. Back on my $3,000 bike 2. Get me moving around a little more. and 3. To start feeling better. (Been quite depressed as I am about to lose my job)


As Clubber Lang said, "My prediction is pain." (nm)onespeed
Oct 10, 2002 11:42 AM
A couple of thoughts...OffTheBack
Oct 10, 2002 12:03 PM
First, as long as weather / daylight / your schedule permit, I would get out and ride as much as possible instead of riding the trainer. All 3 objectives, especially #3, will be better served by a real road ride.

Second, if you can ride on a trainer for more than 45-60 minutes without getting bored out of your skull, you're a better man than I am. So how do you get a good workout in 45 minutes? Do intervals some days, steady AT rides other days (alternate). For an interval workout, you can set it up in front of the TV and hammer during commercials, recover during the show.

Good luck to you!
Mine is named Claus. He carries a whip. What do you expect? nmdzrider
Oct 10, 2002 12:26 PM sure yer talkin' 'bout yer trainer there? [nm]Ahimsa
Oct 10, 2002 4:09 PM
Oct 10, 2002 12:28 PM
Mine is named Claus. He carries a whip. What do you expect? nm
Oct 10, 2002 4:17 PM
Thanks for the IP address of your router.

Pssst: I may not be such a good idea to post that on a public messageboard.
re: What should I expect from a Trainer?fbg111
Oct 10, 2002 1:50 PM
How do you know you're about to lose your job? At least you've got some advance warning, I have plenty of friends who were laid off with no notice whatsoever. Now to try to help you feel better, I'll blow some sunshine up your butt: Don't worry, it'll all work out for the best. Everything happens for a reason. When god closes one door, he always opens another one. ugh.

Actually, I've never used a trainer before, but if you want to get out of the dumps, few things are more invigorating imho than zooming down a hill at 35+ mph, or sprint racing cars through school zones at 25mph, or just riding into a pretty sunrise at 6:30am. If it were me, I'd get off the trainer and get that $3000 bike where it was born to be and wants to be - on the open road. $.02
re: What should I expect from a Trainer?NilesFerrier
Oct 10, 2002 4:42 PM
Aside from the job, I have the following "problems". 1. I cant ride in the morning as I have to take my 5 year old to Kindergarten and then off to my wonderful job. 2. I live in NJ and daylight ends around 6:30pm. 3. Its getting cooler and I dont have cooler weather cycling gear. etc... Though actually, when i type this they sound more like excuses than reasons. The one problem that I have is i HATE riding alone all the time.

I know that I am going to lose my job because I work for a well known cable company in this area, (they own sports teams and had a run-in with the YES Network, know who they are yet?) owns an electronics chain who is also well known in the tri-state. They moved the hq from nj to ny and laid off over 300 people in that move alone. Those of us in IT were asked to stay till certain time periods. I have been actively searching for a job for over 10 mons and haven't gotten one interview.

I bought the trainer so that I can at least get in 30 mins a night in the basement or something. Figuring if I did that that when March/April came back around I would be able to keep up with the local riding clubs and be able to handle long rides. The other reason why is that I dont have a lot of cold weather clothes and I figured I would get more out of the $100 that I spent on the trainer than I would out of spending just as much if not more on cold weather cycling gear.

Thanks for all your advice.
re: What should I expect from a Trainer?fbg111
Oct 10, 2002 6:22 PM
I see. Well if you can't ride outside, then riding on a trainer is infinitely better than nothing. I like swimming in open water, and hate swimming in the pool. But during the winter, I swim in the pool b/c it's better than nothing.

The only two cable companies I know of up there are TWC and RCN, but not too familiar with what they own or who they do (or fail to do) business with. Sounds like you've got a Dilbert boss - some clueless blunderer who expends vital company resources on useless things like moving the hq across the river during a recession. Smart. I saw plenty of that from my vantage point as an IT consultant while I was living up there (99 - Spring 02). How these people get to be the boss is beyond me.

Good luck in your job search. Maybe you should apply to be a CEO or CFO instead. Just falsify your resume and declare personal bankruptcy and you'll be a shoe-in at any executive headhunting firm.
re: What should I expect from a Trainer?Chunky
Oct 10, 2002 2:30 PM
On the trainer, I do intervals and any workouts that require steady resistance and heart rate. Some coaches recommend 1 hr limit on each session. I've done 1.5 - 2 hours on the trainer, in front of TV, and expereinced trainer burn-out at the end of winter.

But if you have not been on the bike for a while, honestly, real riding is much better than trainer for building up base mileage.

Hope everything works out for you.