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Hello, Trainer Season… I’ve Missed You (But Not For Long)

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My wife and I roll out of bed and I get the coffee going after a fantastic wakeup wrapped in each other’s arms. We don’t sleep like that during the summertime months. It’s simply too warm for that, even with the windows open. After a few chores, we put on a pair of bibs and a t-shirt and hit the bikes on our trainers for a spin. I’ve got my Trek 5200 mounted on my CycleOps Magneto trainer, my wife has a Giant Cyclotron with her Specialized Secteur hooked to it.

I’ll start up a DVD of some movie, usually something we’ve already seen so we don’t have to pay too close attention to what’s going on. My wife sits up and plays a game on her phone, I assume the position on the handlebar… and off we go. Nowhere.

My wife will put a hand on my back every now and again, and I’ll look over and smile, thankful for the gesture. I’ll return it a few minutes later, or vice-versa.

I have no idea what I’ll do for a workout when I start pedaling. There is logic to my choice, though. A few years ago they’d all be easy rides till January 1st when I’d start ramping things up for the spring season. The last couple I decided to switch up and not let my fitness slide so far because those first few workouts after the First of the Year were… well, a little more difficult than I preferred. Now it’ll be an interval workout for 45 minutes, followed by an easy day, followed by another interval workout or a faster, more spirited effort spread out over the same time. We rarely go longer on the hamster wheels.

Then it’s a shower and breakfast, or dinner if it’s a weekday in the evening. In fact, weekdays are even better as it’s an hour from dress to showered and done. If I ride outside in the spring, summer or fall, it’s a minimum of almost two hours from dressed to showered and done. Oh, there’s no question riding outside is vastly more enjoyable, but there’s a certain simplicity to winter on the trainer.

This will get old, though. It’s going to be fun and easy for a time, but long about February I’m going to long for a little fresh air and to feel the warmth of the sun on my face again. And it’ll be the coldest, bleakest part of the winter. Temps well below freezing during the day, and even worse at night. We don’t even want to look at the “feels like” temperature. It’s cold enough to freeze the any residual snot in your nose, instantly on walking outside.

Ah, until that time, trainer season isn’t so bad.


3 Comments

  1. Brent says:

    You say: “This will get old, though. It’s going to be fun and easy for a time, but long about February I’m going to long for a little fresh air and to feel the warmth of the sun on my face again.”

    I wonder if there might someday be some technology that people can buy so they can ride bikes outside in February, enabling them to get a little of that fresh air and sunshine.

    Perhaps somebody could invent some sort of bike designed especially for those snowy and freezing conditions. Maybe it could have giant tires to float over the snow, super-low gears and electrically heated water bottles. It’d be even more fun than a gravel bike.

    If only…

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