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alexis_the_tiny2012-07-24 22:21:15 +0000 #1
Just got a trainer and a question popped into my head after a couple of sessions on it. Do your trainer workouts last a shorter time than actually riding on the road? Usually, I'd last about 50km on the road usually in an hour 50 minutes, before I'm totally pooped out but on the trainer, I notice that I'd last maybe 25km in 45 minutes at most. Is that ok? Granted, I also notice that I recover faster from a trainer workout so I can do it everyday instead of having to take a day off every 2 days religiously but I wonder if that's going to do me any good. Anyone?
ridebikeme2012-07-24 22:34:51 +0000 #2
To answer your question, it truly depends on what type pf training you are doing on the trainer. Are you doing intervals or some sort of DVD program? What type of effort are you riding on the trainer?
Becky2012-07-24 22:59:21 +0000 #3
Typically, yes, my trainer workouts are shorter. Mostly because I lose my mind...

I occasionally do some long (1.5-2 hours) base-building sessions on the trainer, but most workouts are under an hour and higher intensity.
Crankin2012-07-24 22:35:55 +0000 #4
I never do more than 45 minutes on the trainer. I am doing a structured program that includes all kinds of drills. Some days I only do 20-30 minutes of spinning, usually as a warm up to core work or yoga.
ridebikeme2012-07-24 23:56:34 +0000 #5
It is difficult to ride indoors, no doubt about it. Other than your objective for the day, give the space where your trainer sets some personality other than your trainer. Can you hang some great photos, perhaps some sort of momento of an upcoming goal that you have this season... race, tour etc... I know this may sound crazy, but make the space inviting and about something other than the trainer. Are you doing trainer DVD'S, can you watch cycling/races or DVD"S? Sometimes having something to look at while riding takes just a bit of attention away from what you are doing at the moment. Could you join a trainer group or invite friends over to ride as well?

Lastly, remember to have a fan in the room; we sometimes tend to forget that outside we have air passing by us... inside we need the same thing... still need to cool our body down.

Sounds like you are on the right track... keep going!
alexis_the_tiny2012-07-25 00:37:00 +0000 #6
Hi all, thanks for the answers. Right now, I'm doing intervals. Usually, its a 10 -15 minute warm up, followed by as many 1 minute intervals as I can tolerate, or a set of 1-2-3-2-1 minute intervals and followed by a regular ride for anything from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on when my legs bomb out.

I have a lovely view of the beach from where my trainer sits. Usually, I'll plug in my iPod and put on a Tour de France video to entertain me. I'm thinking of forking out for a Sufferfest video but think it might get expensive since I'll be bored staring at the same videos over and over again. I've stuck a fan near my trainer to try and keep cool and have plenty of water. Tonight's workout was much better, I managed to hold out a full 40 minutes before I needed to take a short break.
Pedal Wench2012-07-25 00:10:53 +0000 #7

Originally Posted by alexis_the_tiny

I'm thinking of forking out for a Sufferfest video but think it might get expensive since I'll be bored staring at the same videos over and over again.

Best money you can spend if you want to stay motivated on the trainer. I've got three that I rotate (and about to get a 4th) and I'm not bored - in fact, I look forward to them because they're motivating.
Cataboo2012-07-24 23:28:51 +0000 #8
I stay on for about 50 minutes.

I stream a tv show off hulu and use the commercial breaks and such to do intervals.

Probably some sufferfest video or something like that would be a better workout for me.

But I probably wouldn't actually get on it if that was what I was doing.

Yes, I ride a lot harder on road.



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