Trainer Time Is About To Explode

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Source: Ironman[/caption] Trainer.  This is one word that can cause shivers down one's spine.  You think about the boredom, the monotony, the tons of sweat and well you get the picture.  The trainer is one place most people do not want to be.  That is unless you are Andy Potts or Meredith Kessler who do a majority of their cycle training on the trainer.  As a matter of fact, Andy Potts only rides outside during races.  Meredith Kessler once every couple of weeks.  I cannot fathom this today after riding 800+ miles in October and ~750 miles in September with the majority of them outside.  To be more definitive my outdoor miles of those 1500 totaled a bit over 1300. This wasn't always the case though.  After my bike accident a couple of years ago in which a good friend of mine went over top of me and broke his shoulder I spent a lot of time on the trainer.  I actually did a century+ ride on the trainer one day.  I rode for 6 hours at an average pace of nearly 20 mph for ~120 miles on the bike.  At the time I said it wasn't that bad as I was flipping around the TV and it distracted me.  Thinking on that day today I would have a hard time just spinning away for 6 hours on the trainer.  Spending more than an hour on the trainer these days seems like a lot unless I am involved in a video or a specific set. Watching shows on Netflix is no longer an option.  I find that as I am getting engrossed in the show or movie that my intensity drops tremendously.  I am not focused on the activity and paying more attention to the screen.  This does not make for good time on the trainer.  The trainer should be set specific where I am focused on what I am doing and not focused on the plot of some form of entertainment.  This is where programs like The Sufferfest come into play.  I previously wrote a review about two of  The Sufferfest videos but since then they have expanded their roster of videos and each one is better than the last. As the entire country enters into colder and colder weather the time on the trainer is going to increase but be sure to have the proper sets with you before you make that first peddle turn otherwise you are just spinning and getting nothing out of the exercise.  This article on Active.com shows 3 bordeom busting sets and each of these looks great.  The difference between these sets and The Sufferfest is that the videos on The Sufferfest are only one hour-long.  If time is of the essence and you need visual and audio queues to help you then I suggest going with The Sufferest.  The motivation you get from hearing the audio is awesome and if you are competitive then riding along with the cyclists in the video will get you going. Regardless of which works best for you I highly suggest that you go into the trainer session with a reason, even if it is just recovery, otherwise it will be a huge waste of your time.

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Jason Bahamundi

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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