Friday, February 29, 2008

The Neglected Trainer

Off Season Training

I got back on the bike trainer today. I was awake at 4:45 AM and I knew I wasn't going to go back to sleep just to wake up at 6:00 AM. What to do...

I ran out of excuses:

  • My bike was set up in the trainer in the basement waiting for me and collecting dust.
  • Sitting next to my bike were my bike shoes and a clean pair of socks.
  • Also laid out were my indoor bike training clothes (an old pair of bike shorts and a very breathable athletic T-Shirt).
  • Plus, I recently purchased a 16 ft. headphone extension cord so I could listen to the TV while I'm on the trainer (the TV is hard to hear while on the trainer and I don't want to wake up the family).

Also, I had broken down and printed out a spreadsheet of Chris Carmichael's Weight-Loss Workout that I read about in Bicycling Magazine.

Obviously, once a month on the trainer is not going to do me any good. Especially since I was only able to complete 34 minutes of this workout before I ran out of gas. However, I do feel real good this morning having done at least this much. Now I just have to keep it up. Spring is coming and I don't like feeling so slow at the beginning of the biking season.

Biking at my New Job

My boss at my new job here at Monster Worldwide is an avid biker. He actually used to race and occasionally commutes to work via bike from his home nearby. He mentioned that when the weather gets better there is sometimes a group of riders that head out for a ride at lunchtime. I am looking forward to bringing my bike to work and getting in a few lunchtime rides.

I'll need to spend some more time on the trainer so I don't embarass myself with my early season legs.