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So, How many hours you poor bastads.......(27 posts)

So, How many hours you poor bastads.......CARBON110
Dec 12, 2003 9:48 AM
have on your trainer so far this winter? Spinner classes are acceptable but I mean how many of you miserable, and I say miserable cause I know you are if your riding as many hours as you should be, self hating lycra wearing peoples are tearing the rubber off that old tire and still hear the whirrrrr of your trainer as your head hits the pillow?

Come on don't be shy
Three hours so far...Spunout
Dec 12, 2003 9:55 AM
and I'm not liking the rollers yet.

I have fatties and fenders on the cross bike, and still get 3-4 hours of my basework done outside (-15*C). Can't wait for a bit more snow, then will XC ski.

I'm saving the rollers for workouts less than 1 hour, spinups, and form work. That is all! My plan is to complete my base by the beginning of February!
no thanks. i'm lending out my trainer...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 12, 2003 9:55 AM
lending out my trainer this sunday to the local female up & coming hammerhead. she's a single mom and needs to be able to train at home while hammerhead jr. sleeps.

I have no plans to use it this winter. i'd rather freeze in cold rain pedaling, or run on a treadmill or trails.

trainer = evil, if your schedule and arrangement can avoid it. otherwise, trainer = necessary evil. i realize i am lucky.
Not on a trainer, however....DINOSAUR
Dec 12, 2003 10:06 AM
I wouldn't consider myself a "poor bastard" by any means, as when it come to time I'm a very rich man.

It's been one storm after another in the NorCal foothills, I think I've ridden twice this week and one was getting home just in time before it started to rain (as soon as I unclipped). The mountain roads can be very nasty during the heavy rain showers. I've been spending a good deal of time on my Concept 2 rower, which is parked in my garage. It's not much fun; it hurts, it's boring, you spend the whole time staring at the monitor, you end up drenched in sweat, you get blisters on your hands, your butt hurts, you feel like a fish out of water and so on. But it does improve my riding when I get back on my bike as it is so much more enjoyable and I can feel a little improvement in my quads and vo2 max as the ergo pushes you to levels you can't reach on a bike as it's a constant workload.

I don't know why I complain about the heat during the summer, I'm tired of winter already. I'm hoping for a repeat of last winter with a wet Nov/Dec and a very dry and warm January.
Zero. Still riding outdoors as long as it doesnt snow! nmFez
Dec 12, 2003 10:08 AM
Same here...PEDDLEFOOT
Dec 12, 2003 10:18 AM
...temps should be in the teens when I start tomarrow.For some strange reason I'm actually looking forward to it.Sure beats riding the trainer.
Ditto. - 15 miles last night and it was damp and chilly nmMudman
Dec 12, 2003 11:31 AM
Zero. Riding at night between rains.The Don
Dec 12, 2003 1:12 PM
The Bay Area is great for that. Saw the harvest moon rise over the bay last night from the GG Bridge-- awesome!
what is it? AA meeting?cyclopathic
Dec 12, 2003 10:12 AM
none, haven't had time to mount trainer tire - was riding outside!
It's bad enough I do it - don't make me count it!dzrider
Dec 12, 2003 10:14 AM
Actually I've come to hate it less and less. It often feels easier than going out to run on a sub-freezing morning or in evening traffic after dark. Put on some tunes and spin some, hammer some, do one legged pedalling for a while and just lock onto the back beat til time's up.
5 hours, but winter is about Skate Skiing!PT
Dec 12, 2003 10:16 AM
When the roads are unrideable around here, it means the skiing is good -- consequently I go skate skiing. What a wonderful way to enjoy the cold and snow and get a great workout. About the time I'm sick of skiing, the riding becomes good again... Although I enjoyed my time in California, at this point in my life I wouldn't want to live where I couldn't ski...
Zero baby...My trainer is collecting dust...:-)biknben
Dec 12, 2003 10:20 AM
In the last week, I've ridden in the snow once, rain twice, and ice twice. Only the rain rides were above freezing. Bring it on baby. It makes you Ox!!!
Six hours12x23
Dec 12, 2003 10:22 AM
I just started riding my Tacx Grand Excel last Saturday after having my l.knee scoped two weeks prior.
only 2 so far...but ask again in January/FebruaryK-Man
Dec 12, 2003 10:36 AM
I ride outside throughout the winter on the weekends, but not fortunate enough to be able to ride during the week so I'm confined on a trainer during the week. Right now I am concentrating on a lifting program so riding is minimal anyway. Had the EastCoast snowstorm last weekend so spent 2 hours on the trainer just to spin out a little. Now when I start some endurance training the beginning of January I'm probably looking at 4 hours a week on the trainer.

About 6 - 7 hrs/wkJon Billheimer
Dec 12, 2003 10:51 AM
It's been consistently between -10c to -20c here in Edmonton. And besides, I'm a cold weather wuss when it comes to cycling, although I downhill ski 2 days/week in anything down to about -30c! Lots of TdF tapes and a tunnel vision mindset focus on my program. It took a few years to lobotomize/recondition myself to accepting this, but if you want to stay fit in this climate, it's a given. A lot of my friends substitute with cross-country skiing, but it never appealed to me. Downhill is waaaay more mega-fun!
re: So, How many hours you poor bastads.......PMC
Dec 12, 2003 10:53 AM
I have not counted hours but I've logged 400+ miles on the Kurt Rd Machine so far this winter. Mostly weekday stuff as I've still gotten out on weekends up until now. Now, lots of snow and ice thanks to the biggest December snow storm in 20 years.
I'll admit it...funknuggets
Dec 12, 2003 11:47 AM
In the proximity of 3-5 hours a week for a total of maybe 25 hours so far. And yes... it sux. Thats why I have to break the monotony with spin classes and weightlifting (which is going very well this offseason, by the way).

19 hrs since Nov 1_rt_
Dec 12, 2003 11:50 AM
3x/week on the trainer doing strength & form drills.

by next spring i should be the lead contender for the indoor masters world trainer championships!! ;-P

10 hours since 12/1Roundabout
Dec 12, 2003 11:59 AM
December 1 was the official "start" of my winter training. I limit myself to an hour or so in any one day. I have not been on the road in weeks. The weather here in the Northeast has been poor. That and other (real life) commitments have kept me off the road.
single digit windchills today but still outside nmTom C
Dec 12, 2003 12:04 PM
0 hours since 1995. Indoors is for sleeping and eating. nmMB1
Dec 12, 2003 1:26 PM
MB1. My true cycling hero!!!!!!! (nm)PEDDLFOOT
Dec 12, 2003 2:04 PM
re: So, How many hours you poor bastads.......owmynads
Dec 12, 2003 3:45 PM
Feh. I grew up French-Canadian and Catholic. Nothing prepares you for grim suffering like that does. Getting on the stand or the rollers for an hour or two and then pushing some weights is cheesecake compared to "I'm a sinner and not worth a sh!t." In fact, I've fallen more times on the rollers (3) than I've ever hit the deck on the road (Thank you God. Please don't smite me for that last comment.)

It should be said that the only thing keeping me off the road is daylight and winter equipment. This is my first full year of cycling, and I'm trying to adjust without breaking the bank. I'm doing some coaching which will help me to retire my eBay bike and get a nice, shiny new Trek 5200 (lots of drool, here). So I guess I don't mind going through purgatory. If I can keep my weight at 160 (down from 189 last winter) and in some relative shape, I'll be happy. That'll mean I'll start mashing gears on hills 30 lbs lighter than last spring, which will accelerate my improvement by the end of next season, and so on and so on...

I will admit I'm fargin' jealous of Lance and others who can afford to train in relatively warmer climes if the whim hits them. Here in New England, it's four months of darkness until you can actually think of getting out there after work without risking getting mowed down by some damn idiot.

About 25CritLover
Dec 12, 2003 8:17 PM
...since the second week in November (this includes 3 hour a week in spin class). I have to admit, I enjoy the trainer. I have tons and tons of races to watch, trainig videos, and now my laptop hooked up to the tv with the mouse right in front of my bars. Got lots of work done believe or not.
welcome to my personal hell... graphic content inside!philippec
Dec 13, 2003 4:13 AM
I don't like my trainer. In fact, I hate my trainer.

But, due to real life intruding in my personal utopia -- read -- 2 kids, one wife, demanding job, headstrong coach, high personal aspirations and northern hemisphere winter daylight hours (or lack thereof), I find myself having to spend waaaay more time than is healthy (mentally, that is) with that f@cking taskmaster. Right now about 12 hrs a week, usually between 5:30 am and 7:30 am.

I've enclosed a picture of the beast (him, not me) below.

The center cannot hold -- another few weeks of this and its him or me -- or my coach!



welcome to my personal hell... graphic content inside!Woof the dog
Dec 13, 2003 9:53 PM
well, of course its a pain in the a$$/

To make it fun when I ride rollers, I watch tv, I don't ride into the wall, I ride with friends sometimes, and I crack the windows open and turn on a few fans. I don't get that super sweaty.


re: So, How many hours you poor bastads.......toomanybikes
Dec 13, 2003 10:21 AM
None so far - combination of a lot of work travel and a miserable stinking cold - no trainer hours but I've actually lost weight!