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stationary just isn't the same(7 posts)

stationary just isn't the samedoog
Jan 13, 2003 3:40 PM
Am I alone on this? When I ride a stationary/gym bike I just don't feel the same afterwards compared to an actual ride. I use realistic bikes, realistic geometry etc. I push my self. I've been told that stationary bikes are better b/c you can't coast. But, no matter how hard I ride on a stationary bike I don't hurt nearly as much. What's going on?
re: stationary just isn't the sametdflance
Jan 13, 2003 7:28 PM
Maybe you don't have it on a hard enough setting. You can also use your gears to increase the toughness. I have a tacx basic which I like because I can program it to a particular slope or wattage and the workout is high quality.
re: stationary just isn't the sametrout_bum
Jan 13, 2003 7:58 PM
I just started using a trainer a couple of weeks ago and I've been doing some of the workouts in Arnie Baker's "Smart Cycling" book -fast cadence spinning, ILT, Simulated Climbing etc. and I definitely "feel the burn". I think the structured but varied workouts keep you from getting bored. Using a Heart Rate Monitor along with a cadence computer defintely helps keep you motivated, and you know if your working too hard (or easy enough) because the numbers don't lie.
re: stationary just isn't the sameMR_GRUMPY
Jan 14, 2003 7:48 AM
Riding on an indoor trainer, is a little like doing a Time trial. Only you, can tell if you are pushing hard enough. It's all in your head, how much pain you can take. I find that I can go harder on a trainer than I can outside, because I don't have to worry about going so hard, I crash. Some people don't have the head for Time Trialing, just like some can't push themselves on an indoor trainer.
re: stationary just isn't the samejstonebarger
Jan 14, 2003 8:46 AM
Definately try a structured program--Arnie Baker's stuff in Smart Cycling is good, his stuff in High Intensity Training is even better. The structured interval training makes time fly by and makes "progressive" training much easier.

If you're training indoors use several fans to keep you cool. Even better, set up your trainer on the porch and get a cool breeze going. If you're overheating before you're exhausting your strength you'll never get a good workout.
Try this workoutcrashjames
Jan 14, 2003 11:39 AM
I'm the same way, except I find that I'm a lot more whooped after 60 minutes on the trainer, usually at tempo or AT (75-85%HR)

Maybe you aren't going hard enough. Here's a cool workout I discovered recently:
No level/resistance settings?hrv
Jan 15, 2003 8:20 AM
Most stationary bikes have levels you can set to increase the resistance. Apparently yours doesn't. Setting a bike up with the highest level at my local club makes it feel like pushing a 53/11 uphill. Oh, you'll get a workout.

If yours does have settings and you still aren't getting a workout then I suggest you get into bike racing, if you're not already: you're one strong mofo!