5 Steps To Setting Up Your Trainer For Success

After a couple of years of putting it off myself (I am a procrastinator), my wife bought me a bicycle trainer for Christmas from the local bike shop. I have always put off getting one myself because trainers are meant for people who either live in colder climates or are afraid of being abducted by a Yeti while riding outside during the winter. I haven’t heard of anyone getting abducted by a Yeti but it could happen. I know they like spicy buffalo wheat thins so they may like cyclists too. Food is scarce in the winter you know. Seriously, I live in Florida. What do I need a bicycle trainer for? It doesn’t get that cold in the winter and getting rained out every once in a while isn’t so bad. Right? After receiving my trainer, and having put over 200 miles on it so far, I can’t believe I’ve gone without one for so long. Luckily my wife was looking out for me. She had help from the local shop owner, who knew me, in picking it out. She bought me the Blackburn Tech Mag 6 Trainer and I couldn’t be happier with its performance so far. She also got me a block for the front wheel to go along with it. This post won’t get into the whole debate of wind vs magnetic vs fluid vs interactive trainers. Each has their pros and cons and your situation will determine what you go with in the end. The shop owner knew me well enough to make a great recommendation to my wife. It took me a week...

New Phase of Training Started

With my century attempt behind me, I took about a week off the bike to rest up but it’s time to get started again. This gives me the perfect opportunity to start a interval training program I’ve been wanting to do for a while that’s specifically put together to help people, like me, who need to lose a lot of weight. Summer is starting to settle in here in North Florida with it getting into the mid-to-upper 90s everyday. That means it’s hot which makes me happy I do my riding in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sticky as a sticky bun at 5:30 AM but it beats sweltering heat. Speaking of riding in the morning, with the school year drawing to a close daughter #2 is done with high school except for graduating which means I can sleep in until 5 AM before getting up to ride. I may hit the snooze once, or twice, but I don’t have to be rolling now until about 5:30 AM. That’s a great time of morning as the eastern horizon is just starting to get light this time of year and by the time I’m done with an hour ride it’s getting downright bright out. Makes me not feel like a vampire so much. With a full six or seven months of great cycling left I decided to get started on a 15-week interval training program I’ve been wanting to do. It comes from Selene Yeagers book Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike (review coming soon) and is...