Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bike Training Motivation

Last winter, Mike and I tried to get on the trainer as much as we could. We also would go to the gym and use the spin bikes and swim. Even though we don't race triathlons in the winter it is a good idea to keep up our fitness in all three sports because it will make training that much easier to transition into!

Michele from Michele in Transition and I have teamed up again, this time with a bike "challenge"!


The concept is pretty simple, from November 1st to December 13th get in 18 rides (about 3 rides per week). The distance, intensity, speed, etc. is up to you! These rides can be done outside, on the trainer or on a stationary bike, as long as you are riding it counts!

Yesterday, Mike and I got out for our last weekday ride of the year. With the time change this weekend, it is going to be almost impossible for us to ride after work. We might still be able to get a few weekend rides in, as long as the roads are clear of debris and aren't icy we'll try to ride outside!

The ride yesterday was a little bit cold, even though it was perfect weather for running that doesn't always translate onto the bike. My feet, face and hands were the worst! Although I have a bunch of warm weather cycling clothes, I don't have a lot of cold weather cycling clothes. I was wearing my cold weather running clothes, but I don't think that they were warm enough!

 Old photo of Mike on the trainer last winter

Since our tri bikes aren't safe to ride outside in the winter, I won't worry about getting too many cold weather cycling clothes but I might purchase some things for late fall and early spring rides. Suggestions are welcome!

This challenge will be a great way for me and Mike to keep up with cycling in the colder months, and I am almost at 1,500 cycling miles for the year! I may be able to get 2,000 miles if I try really hard!

If you are interested in joining the challenge, check out the Facebook group here!

Do you ride outside in the winter? What are you favorite trainer workouts (looking for some to use!)?

15 comments:

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    1. Me too! Yesterday's ride, 15 miles, was a little tougher than I thought it would be! My muscles aren't used to biking right now!

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  3. Friend, this challenge couldn't have come at a better time--ya know, since I haven't touched my bike in about two weeks. ;)

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  4. I've been laying off my bike because I'm convinced it's making my knee feel weird. I've biked down to 28 degrees but no dice if there's ice. Oooh I'm rhyming!

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  5. What a great challenge! It can be so hard to motivate for exercise when it's cold out! I don't ride, but I do do yoga - I go quite a few times a week.

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  6. Joined. Thanks for putting this together, I hope it's the extra kick in the pants I needed to use my trainer more. I've got a few ideas on how to make this more social, which I'll share on the FB group soon enough. Stay tuned!

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  7. I might be joining you... it's all biking for me for the next week!

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  8. Oh, I've got this one! Between living in Phoenix and getting ready for my 111 mile race, I will be on top of it! Buuutttt, this will be good motivation to keep riding once that's over!

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  9. This looks like such a fun challenge! Now, if I only had a bike...but seriously, I am thinking of it when the weather turns and when the baby is born. You will definitely be my go-to gal!

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  10. I am spinning 2x a week starting next week. I hope it will help me cross train for the marathon. Not sure I'll get 18 times in, but I'll see.

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  11. I love riding my trainer...I feel like I can get a good workout in while catching up on TV :)

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