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6/20/11 9:31 A

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I definitely think the indoor bike trainer is like the treadmill. Some people like it some HATE it. Whatever keeps you motivate. I liked this article because it reminded me that you can train very hard without being out on the road. I can't always ride outside and hate riding outside in the cold or winter or dark like Kim said.


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6/16/11 11:14 P

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I prefer to train on the road, but I agree with Kim that riding in the dark is really dangerous. So given that choice, I'd be doing spin classes as well, especially if you're fortunate enough to find a good instructor. I will sometimes take a spin class in between seasons, but I so like to be outside, I started doing X-country ski races last winter so I could be outside and not be on a trainer!

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6/16/11 1:33 P

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I don't like to ride in the dark - even with head and tail lights, so my midweek training is at a spin class taught by a woman who is a competitive triathlete. She works us so hard that some students never come back to her. The spin bikes allow us to train on hills - which we don't have a lot of in Florida. So there is that benefit Other than that, I prefer outdoor riding. There is no substitute for being on a real road with real hazards and real wind to deal with. Also, I am a junkie for passing competitors so I love being on the open road.

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6/16/11 12:16 P

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There is a gym/store here in central Kentucky called Swim/Bike/Run Kentucky that has a VERY nice indoor training system that allows the user to select routes (including pro-tour courses) and will allow you to "compete" against the others training in the room at that time. Unfortunately I can't afford it so I am outside as much as possible and on the stationary when the weather prohibits riding.

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6/16/11 11:52 A

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One of our tri coaches does a once a week spinning class. He prides himself on doing the most boring spinning class at the Y because he really crafts the class as a ride; he tells us what kind of ride we'll be going on (all flat, a lot of hills...), and then he takes us through the journey. His focus is on form and technique, and I've really benefited from this.

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6/16/11 11:14 A

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triathlon.competitor.com/2011/06/tra
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Very interesting article on Pro Triathletes that Train on Indoor Bike Trainers. So... Do you train a lot on Indoor trainers? Do you go to spinning classes? OR... are you an OUTDOOR bike rider all the way?

Edited by: NETTYBREAD at: 6/16/2011 (11:16)
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