Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Rocky Relationship

I had a date with my trainer this morning. I may have mentioned my love/hate relationship with my trainer (mostly hate). I live in a place where you can bike outside year-round, so why would I want to ride a trainer?! This morning it was purely because it's dark outside at 5am and work calls during daylight hours.

Even so, I thought a list of the things I love (followed by hate) might be appropriate today.

The nothing but twu LOVE (to be read in the voice from the Princess Bride) list:
  1. When the weather outside is frightful, my trainer's so delightful . . . this actually worked when I lived where it snowed.
  2. Cold rain, monsoons, hurricanes, typhoons (this works about 3x / year).
  3. Darkness - I can not seem to find anything safe about training outdoors in the dark.
  4. It's good for the occasional catch-up of everything on the DVR, but only for easy workouts. Anything else and I can't concentrate on the TV because I'm trying so dang hard to get my heart rate up (see #6 on the HATE list . . .)
Not so much love (aka HATE) list:
  1. The trainer takes me nowhere - bicycles were invented to take you somewhere, "Oh the Place's You'll Go!" to quote my favorite author. No changing scenery on my trainer!
  2. No fresh air blowing in my face - an electric fan plugged into the wall doesn't cut it.
  3. There is no screaming downhill at white-knuckle clenching speeds (for the boys I ride with - stop laughing because you think I descend like a girl - this is how it is in my mind!)
  4. If I'm going to work as hard as I do to get my heart rate as high as coach wants, I at least want to be flying down the road while my legs are screaming "stopit, stopit, stopit!"
  5. After you "climb" there is no satisfaction of seeing what is on the other side. You're still in exactly the same boring trainer location you started, staring at the same boring wall, TV, couch, whatever.
  6. My heart rate does not work on the trainer - seriously, it's like pulling teeth to get my HR up at all. Funny, because if you put me in the great outdoors with a few guys in Swami's or CowboySteve.com outfits to chase I seem to have no trouble red-lining the dumb thing!
I think Tiptoe enjoys my trainer workouts though - we get to spend some quality time together.


Roo said...

It's more fun if you go in the garage and turn the dryer on. Just trust me on this one.....

Choc-Peppermint GU also makes it more fun, because, well, it makes everything more fun!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Choco-peppermint Gu? There is a god. Thanks Roo for the heads up.

Love your list Charisa...and Tiptoe is adorable! Great name too.

Maggs said...

I'm with ya on the hating the trainer. A few times last year there were trainer rides on my schedule...UH? I live in hawaii...i blew them off and rode outside. But now it's dark so early...so I watch TV and pet my dog (who climbs up on the couch right beside me). And chasing guys on bikes is always more fun.

rocketpants said...

Darkness...i hate the darkness...i'm with ya on the dislike of the trainer. i was just looking at my Jan training schedule and well me and my trainer need to become reacquainted with one another. Granted I bought it because I lived in New England and briefly thought of selling it in SD. guess not. Too bad it's not light all year to ride outside.

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

I'm with you on the trainer thing! Working so incredibly hard to go nowhere! NOT fun... :) Yeah - always easier when you've got the really really fast Swami people to hang onto... LOVE the kitty picture. :)

Bob Almighty said...

I hear you on the trainer thing, i probably go through more gatorade and water on my 2 hour training ride than I do on my normal 3-4 outdoor ride in the middle of summer...even with a fan I just can't seem to stay cool on the darn thing...ahh the joys of training for an early season Ironman in New England.

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

#6 - I have the same issue! What is up with that?!? I TOTALLY agree with you on the trainer thing and I would rather ride my fixed gear bike that likes to dump me in order to work on my pedal stroke than on the trainer. BUT I also refuse to ride in the dark, so the trainer calls my name at 5am too! MErry CHRISTMAS!!!