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tough situation(3 posts)

tough situationcollegiateryder
Jan 7, 2004 2:10 PM
hi everyone,

for a number of reasons i dont have access to a road bike right now, so ive been forced to adapt my workout to a stationary bike (the upright ones that can be found in a gym). i basically position the seat and the shoestraps in a way that i feel best matches my position on my road bike and i carry out the workout that i normally would have done outdoors. i make sure to focus on an even stroke and luckily am able to get into a semi-tuck position with the handlebars.
granted this is incredibly monotonous, is it a waste of time or am i going to be able to maintain my current level of fitness?
better than nothingColnagoFE
Jan 7, 2004 3:13 PM
You could also do some jogging or use the elliptical cross-trainers if they have those. Better yet...find a Spininng class and use a Spin bike. Much better road feel than those crappy Lifecycles. DOn't count on any to improve your technique but you should be able to maintain aerobic fitness.
It Can Actually Helpastrobiker
Jan 7, 2004 6:36 PM
I was stuck out of town for about 4 months - had to do the gym Lifecycle thing too. I cranked up the headphones, did heart rate intervals twice a week, recovery/endurance once or twice, and actually considerably improved my riding endurance/hill climbing strength.

I agree also - if they have a spin class - take that instead. I did that a while too, but my schedule and the hotel/gym agreement changed, so I had to just do the Lifecycle. Get some good tunes for the headphones and just get into it.