So people keep asking me how I manage to spend so many hours on my indoor trainer? The answer is simple I suppose – time and results! When it comes to my indoor trainer I have literally spent hundreds of hours in my ‘man cave’ , ‘torture chamber’, home gym – call it what you want. It was even part of the plans of our brand new house that Sharon & I designed at Monaghan Farm. It wasn’t me that pushed for the training room – Sharon said it must be part of the plans. Thank you my darling!
So why time? Because you cannot fit a good bike session on the road into 1 or 1 1/2 hours as you can on an indoor trainer. So why results? When training on an indoor trainer the measurement of the workout is much easier. I am by no means a triathlete that utilises technology very much, but maintaining a certain wattage for a certain amount of time is nearly impossible to do on the road.
How do I make the time pass on the trainer? Honestly? Focus and concentration – yes that is required! Then there are training specific DVD’s – I have used the ‘Coach Troy Jacobson Spinervals’ DVD’s for many years. They have dated but the workouts are hard and honest. Watching old TdF DVD’s also works for me – watching Ullrich take on Armstrong never seems to make me bored. My personal favourite dual of all – the 2003 TT where Ullrich beat Armstrong – go figure! Then there is watching live sport of sport highlights! Whatever floats your boat – but be ready to SUFFER if you want results.
So day 36 started with an indoor session. 4.30am on the bike and my view was this – pitch dark outside and the TV on channel 200.
Then by 6am the view across Monaghan Farm looks like this – not a bad way to start the day!