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Every Once in a While, a Trainer Ride isn’t so Bad…


My legs were absolutely smoked yesterday. That 23-mph average from Tuesday night took a toll. All day long I was hurting walking around my jobsite. Climbing stairs, and there are a bunch, was brutal.

It was raining when I got home, but it stopped shortly thereafter. It wasn’t going to dry out before we were supposed to roll at just before 5. It was going to be close but I had a few things to consider. First, I had no desire to clean my bike. I’ve cleaned enough bikes the last couple of weeks. Second, I had to take into consideration my smoked legs. I really needed an easy day to bring my legs back.

It’s that time of year, my friends. May as well embrace the horror.

Forty-five minutes spinning my legs out, watching Star Wars The Force Awakens – fantastic. I didn’t have to clean my bike and my legs are feeling much better.

One surprising aspect of my first evening on the trainer since March, the time actually went by pretty quick once I got into a rhythm. After the first five minutes I looked at the clock and all I could think was, “holy crap, this is going to take forever”. I didn’t look at the clock again for another 30 minutes and I only had ten minutes to go. I know that won’t last but it wasn’t so bad last night.



  1. unironedman says:

    The force awakens indeed!

  2. jwintx14 says:

    Jim, do you just leave your usual rear wheel on the bike when it’s trainer day? I have always hesitated to wear out my good tires and have wondered if getting a ‘trainer wheel’ with a cheap tire on there would be worth it. You put in more trainer miles than probably anyone I know, so I’m asking you!

    Make it a great day and thanks for your posts – I always look forward to reading them!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Definitely not. I have a special crap wheel that I absolutely HATE that I put on the bike for trainer days. I don’t want to put any unnecessary stress on the good wheels.

    • Definitely get a spare wheel for the trainer! You don’t want to wear out your good tyres against that roller, and some trainers can chew up and spit out a quality road tyre in no time at all. A full spare wheel (rather than just tyre) is quick and easy to change, meaning less faff before each trainer ride. A specific “trainer tyre” is not necessary, but they do last a bit longer and are usually quieter also.

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