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Training for a century on exercise bike?(4 posts)

Training for a century on exercise bike?KC10Chief
Sep 13, 2002 7:02 PM
I am planning to ride my Trek 5200 next year at the Hotter N' Hell Hundred in Wichita Falls, TX. It's usually around mid to late August. Not sure what the exact date is yet. Anyways, being in the Air Force, I have to deploy to the Middle East next year around late May sometime and won't be back until a week or two before the race! I can train up until I leave, but can't take my bike with me. They have gym's over there with exercise bikes. Could I ride one of those for hours at a time and get the same workout I would get on my road bike, or at LEAST stay in good enough shape where I could be ready for a century ride within a week or two of my return? Thanks for any info! Matt
that sounds awfulishmael
Sep 14, 2002 11:18 AM
Bring your seat/shorts and pedals/shoes. Maybe they have/could get a spinning bike. They arent too expensive.
re: Training for a century on exercise bike?skimoviestar
Sep 14, 2002 11:42 AM
I think you can do it. Due to a broken clavicle, I had to stay on the trainer for the past five weeks. I just went back out on the road this morning finally. What a relief!!! However, my trainer rides kept my endurance (lungs and heart rate) in decent condition. I'm actually surprised at the fact that I'm in striking range of pretty good form. I think speed and power sufferred a bit... but I guess that's to be expected. I really watched my weight and did 6-10 hours per week of pretty hard trainer workouts. You'll need some intervals and drills to break up the boredom on the trainer, good music, tv, etc.... whatever gets you through. If you can muster the hours on the exercise bike, I think you can make the century... you might not be peaked for it (and the saddle might hurt a bit), but you can do it with fairly good results since its a longer race/ride and the speed and power you might lose won't be a critical element. Godspeed... Be careful over there and good luck!
re: Training for a century on exercise bike?doog
Sep 15, 2002 7:52 AM
I was was emailed this by a racer.

The truth is, if you want to build endurance, stationary bikes are a great way to get it! Reason being, you can't really cheat (i.e. you can't coast, sit up, etc.) So to answer your question, it won't hurt you a bit to ride stationary, it'll probably help. You might notice
that your backside hurts more than usuall, I guess because you don't really get a chance to scoot around. Sit up every once in awhile to let some blood get through to your bum... really! If you want to work the fast twitch muscles, ride on rollers. They are a little more work
for the upper body as well, and will help you hold your line better when you get on the road again.