Indoors or Outdoors?
Thanks to another smattering of snow, I am confined inside for my bike rides. While I think that I could probably run outside by my next scheduled run (tomorrow), I don’t think I will be able to bike outside for quite a few more days. Unfortunately the paths I go on have some shady spots which means some hidden icy patches, and I’ve already wiped out several times in the past few months (This is something I am REALLY good at doing).
So what does this mean? I’ve told y’all about my homemade cardio cinema setting up the bike trainer and going to town while watching a movie. I even made it for two hours the other day, which was the longest on my trainer ever and the longest on my bike in quite some time. However, I am worried that I am not getting the same workout in that I get outside. I’ve read some literature on it, such as the Ironman article here (http://www.ironman.com/triathlon-news/articles/2013/06/indoor-bicycle-training.aspx), but I still want to ensure that the time I am logging will equate to faster times outside.
To make sure I achieve this, I have some new things that I am going to try to do in the upcoming weeks as winter slogs on.
1. 1. Get a bike computer. I intend on getting a cheap bike computer that will attach to my back wheel and tell me how fast and far I am going during a workout. I think this will give me a little bit more insight into how my training is going.
2. Go to spin classes at my gym. I admit I am horrible at doing this. I tend to avoid crowds whenever I workout, which is something that I really want and need to work on doing. I am just always afraid that I won’t be able to keep up (which is less of a problem in an indoor spin class…no one will notice me turning down the intensity)
3. On days that I do get to go outside I need to find some more hills. I am terrified of biking up and down hills with my feet clipped in.
So this is where I turn to y’all.
What do you do during the winter to keep up with your bike workouts?
Anyone who lives near DC have any good hill routes?