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    Indoor trainer: What do you watch?

    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"

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    I have a decent laptop and a NetFlix account that allows me to stream a fair selection of movies and tv shows via their website - there's also a good amount to watch on sites like hulu.com.

    This winter I'm going to try and find an ongoing series like the Sopranos to get hooked on. That way if I want to find out what happens next I'll have to turn some pedals.

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    If you're going to try the Sopranos, I'll also recommend another HBO series. The Wire. In my opinion, one of the best shows ever on TV.
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    How about some of the trainig videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrantGorgon
    Looking for video recommendations for use with indoor trainer. What do you watch?

    By the way, let me get some responses out of the way to save some time:

    "I recommend riding outside"
    "Indoor trainers suck"
    "Get a road bike"

    Well, I tried "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1 and it didn't work very well. For me, the only think that I can handle on the trainer is action movies. Anything more sedate and I'm concentrating on my suffering too much. Also, action movies can help get the adrenaline going for tougher intervals.

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    Action movies and racing videos (Tour, classics, etc) for endurance rides and lower intensity intervals, which are longer than 2hrs.

    For harder intervals, I listen to music .. . think AC/DC, not Joni Mitchell.

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    I have a bunch of training dvds from charmicheal training (CTS) and spinervals.They are pretty good motivators on those intervals.
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    Mostly television shows. That said, I used my trainer VERY little last winter.
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    TDF DVDs from '08 and, soon to be, '09.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelMan
    Action movies and racing videos (Tour, classics, etc) for endurance rides and lower intensity intervals, which are longer than 2hrs.

    For harder intervals, I listen to music .. . think AC/DC, not Joni Mitchell.
    2+hrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPark
    2+hrs
    That's nothing
    My record is 5.5hrs..

    For various reasons including pigheadedness, last year I decided I would ride a 12hr solo race in March, in Australia. My first such race as a solo. But where I presently live in eastern Canada, we enjoy freezing rain alternating with wet snow from Dec through April

    Thus some crazy trainer time. I doubt I'll attempt that scenario again but it actually worked out quite well as I placed well and had a blast in Oz... You just need to have a goal and a plan.

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    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    I really don't watch anything.

    My problems are more physical than mental. (butt soreness, numbing, knee discomfort.....but not really boredom).

    I go into the cold garage and stick the radio on NPR. I'm always hoping to learn something new.
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    movies I normally sleep through. Lord of the Rings, the horrible pirates of caribbian etc. I can't make it through commercials so TV doesn't work. I prefer to not finish a movie on a training session because I look forward to finishing the movie on the next session.
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    I've got an old 200 disc DVD changer that starts with 300 and ends with XXX. Mostly action stuff. Fight Club, Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones series, the Collective movies, some training videos. Things where dialog isn't that critical.

    Something else I watch during the fall and winter is ACC basketball. I'll schedule my trainer rides around the 7:00 games I want to see. Usually there are 2 weeknights where they'll have games on. I'll increase intensities during timeouts, or sometimes vary up tempos based on the in game time to keep me paying attention. It's a good way to keep up with the season and it works well with the time change. It's on basically November thru March.

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    I watch concert DVDs. Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Rush, Nevermore, Steve Vai, Led Zep, Purple, Sabbath.
    I've tried the Charmichael stuff but it's too damned boring.

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    Anything i want from the DVR. For easier efforts I can do stuff that requires concentration. harder sustained efforts brain bead shows. Intervals I do whatever show i want to and hammer away the commercials.

    That said this winter I'm gonna spend more time on the road. But on an old mountain bike.

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    I can't do video... I need music.

    Otherwise I get wrapped up in watching the TV and lose my focus.

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    together with heart rate, power output and the computrainer cartoon course. If in erg mode, I watch how close I am getting to the power spikes, and then when the power spike is going to be over.

    I have not tried the 'real course' videos yet, but they sound cool.

    Pretty much had to choose between the computrainer and a new bike a couple of years ago, but we get 180 inches of snow here.

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    On the rollers....

    The '03 Tour.
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy (One disk per session)
    Miracle (intervals during hockey game scenes)
    Hoosiers (intervals during basketball game scenes)
    Band of Brothers (multiple times over the winter)
    Off Road to Athens
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    Between the Tape and some other DH racing vids.

    DH is just so much more exciting and fires me up more.

    I guess i am still a fat DH racer posing as a skinny XC racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    Between the Tape and some other DH racing vids.

    DH is just so much more exciting and fires me up more.

    I guess i am still a fat DH racer posing as a skinny XC racer.
    And how much trainer time do you actually do Califorinia boy?

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    I don't watch anything if I want to workout but I highly recommend listening to inspiring music. NIN [WITH_TEETH] would be my favorite album to exercise to.

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    I've found that I like my favorite music of the week, combined with an action movie with the subtitles turned on. The music gets my heart beating, the subtitles gives my brain something to do. I'm going to get some MTB videos soon or even motocross/freestyle videos sound good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN
    And how much trainer time do you actually do Califorinia boy?
    i did a lot more than i would like to admit this year! i can't ride much during daylight hours and our roads are not safe at night (like they are safe during the day with the road rage! ).

    also found that the trainer is best for doing drills. i want to get rollers and hope that those will help mix it up some this winter... but the chances are pretty small on having the funds.

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