My biggest problem with trainer rides is not exerting myself enough. Outside, even if I say it's going to be an easy ride, somewhere along the line I start to push myself--a fast mile, improved average speed, whatever. But inside, I can just spin and watch tv. (I love tv.) I really have to pay attention to improve the workout. I started doing intervals in different gears to help me out with that.
I guess I agree with you. But I just get on my trainer, in front of the tv and vcr, with the remote control in my pocket. I have to limit my rides in the heat, but at least I keep going. It is so much hotter to stop than it is to keep pedalling when the weather gets too hot!
I would love to say that braving those temps are easy, but I have all the gear and am still miserable. I think the trainer is more miserable, though. This time of year is just tough! I'd much rather have the 110 degree heat index of summer.
Thanks for the encouragement. I woke up this morning, ready to ride and checked weather.com. It was 14f this morning! That's really cold for Arkansas. So, I put my roadie on the trainer and watched some tv. Despite feeling out of shape, I felt pretty good. Tomorrow will be warmer at about 30 degrees, so I'll be out there with my club.
I'm exactly 6 weeks out from my total abdominal hysterectomy and went for my post-op today. The doctor said "everything looks great. You can resume relations with your husband" I said "whatever when can I ride my bike?" After getting a good chuckle he assured me that I can start working out again.
So, tomorrow is my first ride in six weeks and it's also going to be the coldest so far this winter. I stopped by the shop where I work and picked up some booties, helmet cover, socks, and gloves to celebrate my "rebirth" of living pain free. Wheeeeee!! I'm excited, nervous, and a little scared.
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