Hello Marvelous Monday! The Cotter’s are happy to report a that this weekend was warm and successful with training, fueling, work, etc. The kiwi says it’s a pretty darn good feeling when you don’t have to put on these layers for a 3 hour ride.
I say it’s a pretty darn good FUELING when you put molasses at PB on Udis Glutenfree Toast.
Anyway, the past few weeks have not been warm. Yes, we know that. And most people are adjusting their workouts for the indoors. So I’d thought I’d get the Kiwi to share some of his Indoor trainer cycling workouts and tips. Although, he himself has a love/hate relationship with the trainer. I, on the other hand am kinda loving it. But I also don’t go hard. Just getting in the easy spins and phone scrolling, haha.
Kiwi Cotter’s Indoor Cycling Tips:
I have always had and will continue to have a love-hate relationship with cycling trainers. They are a life saver when the weather gets nasty, but also a device of mental torture if a front moves in and decides to wreck havoc. I would like to say I respect everybody who live outside of Texas, Arizona, and Southern California from November through March. I have always picked places of lower latitudes to reside so the winter weather doesn’t keep me indoors and on the trainer.
Occasionally here in Austin, we’ve had to bring out the trainer. This winter we had a few days that got rather chilly and kept us inside. Believe it or not, I actually spent most time on the trainer during the summer. If we can’t get out earlier enough sometimes the heat is a little too much especially if the intensity of the workout is high.
Now the trainer isn’t as boring as you make it out to be. If you go in with no plan, or it’s very last minute, 20 minutes can seem like 2 hours. However, if plan accordingly, have your set ready, TV entertainment you enjoy turned on, and the desire to complete the workout, 2 hours can go by rather quickly. Obviously there are also big bonuses that the trainer can provide:
- No traffic
- no 10% drivers wanting to drive you off the road
- no stop signs, no road debris
- And now all the course video’s companies are providing make course recon a breeze while on the trainer.
The trainer you get depends always depends on what you would like to spent. I currently own a computrainer and I love it. It has a resistance wheel that gives you opportunity to change your power/watts on your computer. It also has the Interactive real course videos. The other trainer I’m very interested in by another company I think is the industry leading Silence Direct drive mag trainer by Cycleops. A bit pricey but worth it if you are stuck indoors a lot or like measuring data for specific training.
And speaking of specifics, below are two of my favorite trainer workouts. Let me know if you try them or have any questions. These can be done on a spin bike too.
Cheers to warmer months and delicious protein smoothies to come!
Indoor trainers –> yay or nay?
(LC and JC)