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About to start riding long until boredom?(17 posts)

About to start riding long until boredom?Fez
Nov 12, 2002 9:14 AM
I've never ridden indoors before. I set up the bike in front of the TV (combat boredom) and window (cool draft).

I usually ride 2 hours per ride outdoors. How long can I reasonably expect to ride before boredom and stagnant air/heat kill me?

Should I turn off the computer speed and distance functions because they will differ from a road ride? Should I just use the cadence and heart rate functions to replicate a good road ride?
re: About to start riding long until boredom?Juanmoretime
Nov 12, 2002 9:22 AM
I wear a heartrate monitor. Boredom usually doesn't set in for about 5 or 6 minutes. The trainer sucks!
Ok maybe I didn't phrase this properly...Fez
Nov 12, 2002 9:34 AM
I should have known the boredom comes within minutes. But how long does your ride last?
two minutes until boredom...mohair_chair
Nov 12, 2002 9:23 AM
10 minutes until air/heat kill you.

Get a fan, so you can ride for 30 minutes. Anything more than that and you are either hypnotized or insane.
re: About to start riding long until boredom?jrm
Nov 12, 2002 9:30 AM
About one hour. You may try to do an hour in the morning and another one in the afternoon or evening. When i see a break in the weather i used to get out an ride outside regardless of the temperature.
I don't understand why the trainer sucks so bad...biknben
Nov 12, 2002 9:33 AM
Last year my goal was to do a trainer-free winter. Thankfully it was warm. I set that goal after riding the trainer twice. I didn't ride it again.

I can't understand why it sucks so bad to ride a trainer. I'm bored just clipping in. A half-hour feels like a century. I used to set up the trainer in front of the TV with a fan. After 30 minutes I was ready to slit my wrists.

Get a fan to put in front of that window. Without a breeze, you'll be drenched in minutes.
Just like the sled dogs in the back, no change of scenerybigrider
Nov 12, 2002 10:13 AM
I am with you on the torture of riding a trainer. The only way I can tolerate it is the following.

Set up the trainer in the garage where it is 45 degrees.
This is comfortable with no wind effects in shorts and a jersey

I play certain CDs that invigorate me and when the CD ends I end ( Usually 60 minutes).

My favorites

Opera Arias ( Don't ask me to explain why because I can't)
The Best of the Who
Bluegrass, Del McCoury, Nashville Bluegrass Band
Mozart 40, 41, 35, 36 symphonies
re: About to start riding long until boredom?Swat Dawg
Nov 12, 2002 9:33 AM
Yeah, I just picked up my trainer from the college post office. Its a Minoura Mag 850 trainer. It seems like it is pretty solid. I set it up in about 15 minutes, and then hopped on to try it out. It is really going to take a special focus to ride that thing for an extended period of time. I thiink some good loud music or a movie will definitely help. I think I cue up lots of powerful Gospel music so I will at least feel like God is with me while I'm in pain, or bored out of my mind. I am glad I got it though, as I am looking out my window with moderate rain coming down. Just staying moderately committed to using it will be good. I figure, if it really bores me, I will be more motivated to get outside and ride. I'll know that I have the time to ride, and I won't be able to justify not riding, because it is either get off my lazy ass and go outside, or be bored out of my mind (if that's the case, I hope not) and still have to got off my lazy ass. The times when the trainer will be really helpful is when it is too late to ride outside, to nasty (weather wise), and when I have lot of reading to do. I can still get a workout while I'm taking care of my academic commitments which get swept under the rug sometimes cause I want to ride. If professor only gave less work. I could be a pro or something.


Swat Dawg
re: About to start riding long until boredom?jradford
Nov 12, 2002 10:09 AM
I live in edmonton alberta canada and right now there is about 1/2 foot of snow out side and I do not think that the snow will leave untill the spring. The trainer is an important part of my training. I taped to whole Tour De France this year to combat the boredom. What I do I set a time that I will be on the trainer and struchured workouts. I say i will do this for 20min then this........ it makes the time go by faster. on sunday I did 90min on the trainer. keep your workouts very structured do not just jump on and start pedaling, you will gain nothing. decide on what aspects of your cycling you want to improve on and structure your workouts to that. Do not forget to set workouts for skills that you are good at or your fitness level in those areas will drop in the offseason.

I ride every day on the trainer. about every second day is 20min spinning to spin my legs out and the other days are workouts.

Stay focused, you can do it
re: About to start riding long until boredom?toronto-rider
Nov 12, 2002 11:25 AM
I just purchased a trainer, what kind of workouts are you talking about. Should I do intervals? I don't have a heart rate monitor, do you recomend I use one?
re: About to start riding long until boredom?toronto-rider
Nov 12, 2002 11:44 AM
I just purchased a trainer, what kind of workouts are you talking about. Should I do intervals? I don't have a heart rate monitor, do you recomend I use one?
re: Trainer? Roller?Chunky
Nov 12, 2002 11:41 AM
A fan, TV, VCR, and a no-brainer movie. Last year, this set-up allowed me to spend 2 hours on the trainer and complete a series of drills. However, I will not do that again (trainer burn-out, urgh!). On the roller, I go for 40 min w/o the help of visual distraction.

No computer. Speed is irrelevant on trainer and roller. I monitor only the cadence and heart rate.
re: About to start riding long until boredom?Oneheart
Nov 12, 2002 12:07 PM
Get hold of some of the Spinerval tapes. Coach Troy will kick your butt and you'll soon hate him (as you yell back obscenities to the TV) but you'll get a great structured workout. You can do it without any heart rate, candence, or speed measurement but they help distract you from the pain. The tapes last from 40-60 minutes.
re: About to start riding long until boredom?up_hiller
Nov 12, 2002 12:47 PM
I have a "new" (third-hand) trainer as well. I have not ridden it yet but expect that I will soon.

I had thought of putting in a CD, cranking it up, and then just riding. I could do an interval during a song's refrain, or a guitar solo, and then recover during normal verses. Or put it something with short songs (like most bluegrass songs) and use an entire song as a lower intensity interval. Has anybody ever tried this?
re: About to start riding long until boredom?JimP
Nov 12, 2002 12:56 PM
I prefer to have the trainer in the garage where I can open the doors as well as a fan on the table in front of me where I can reach it. I usually ride the beast for an hour while watching the morning news. That is my limit and I control the workout with cadence and heartrate.

Big fans, loud music, and something to readKerry
Nov 12, 2002 5:32 PM
We've got reading stands for our rollers and XC ski machine. Big box fans keep use cool and prevent sweat dripping all over the bike. A good sound system provides some rhythm. I ride 40 minutes per night and spend the winter catching up on my reading. Could go longer but 40 hard minutes of spinning is enough to keep me ready for the spring.
re: About to start riding long until boredom?Thorman
Nov 13, 2002 5:28 PM
I usually max out at 2 hours on the trainer and/or rollers. It's best to have a plan before you start so you can focus on quality riding instead of just "putting in the time".

To stay motivated I do like the others have said in using videos, CD's, etc. I also switch it up between using the trainer and the rollers. One other motivator is thinking about how much stronger you will start next season compared to all the other guys who are sitting on the couch and getting fat while you're doing those intervals.