Yesterday, I did my……….
Remember how I registered for a Half-Ironman? Thaaaaaaaaaat…
I’m currently getting back in shape and training for the Oakland Half but honestly, the finish line I see during every tough workout is Augusta.
A few months ago, one of my fellow See Jane Run ambassadors, the lovely Tara, loaned me her trainer. I finally learned how to put it on last week and yesterday morning I ventured down to the basement for my inaugural ride to nowhere!
It took me a bit of jimmying but eventually the bike fit securely into the trainer. I have nothing to compare it to but my borrowed Travel Trac feels secure and looks to retail for under $200, in case anyone is in the market. It’s not super noisy but loud enough that I preferred to use headphones while watching Netflix.
I figured one episode of What Not to Wear would be a good first ride, about 45 minutes. I regularly do 45 or hour long rides at the gym but my own bike is quite a bit harder. I loved it! Being able to use my own gears and become one with my own seat is fantastic. I’ve been riding a bike for exactly one year so I still have a long way to go in building confidence and comfort. I think spending time on the trainer is really going to help with that, especially once I put my clipless pedals on. Yeah, that’s happening.
The bike is so deceptively challenging! I was sweaty and my heart rate was up a bit but it didn’t feel like a killer workout. Then I went to Dailey Method and couldn’t do ANYTHING. I came down to my knees in every plank sequence! I don’t think that happened in the very first class I took! Thigh work was impossible and by the final set of high c-curve abdominal work, I could barely hold my body up in space. Dang, bike!
So naturally, I refuled. With pork belly.
What are your favorite trainer workouts and tips? Intervals? Cool one-leg drills? Lay ’em on me!