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    New question here. Time on a trainer

    Just wondering,when your not riding and using a trainer how long to you ride on it?Thanks

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    Well, since it's been 100+ degrees every day for 32 days straight in Ks, I've been getting 10 hrs/week in on mine. Mostly longer base rides but some shorter threshold training too.

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    I do training DVDs on my trainer that last 45 to 90 min. You can get a lot done in that time if you work at it.

    During the winter I can go 2hrs doing base. That's about as long as I can go without going coocoo for Coco Puffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    I do training DVDs on my trainer that last 45 to 90 min. You can get a lot done in that time if you work at it.

    During the winter I can go 2hrs doing base. That's about as long as I can go without going coocoo for Coco Puffs.
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    Do most riders here put a road bike or MTB with slicks on their indoor trainer?

    Personally, I think the trainer works much better with road gearing plus it's more comfortable to have the different hand positions on road drop bars.

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    I only ride the trainer in the winter cause frankly, I hate it. When I do ride the trainer, I do an hour and call it quits. I would much rather ride in any condition possible than my trainer. I find an hour on the trainer feels like about 4, did I mention I dislike the trainer. I am actually thinking about doing some running to cross train when the weather is bad and biking is not an option.

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    Two winters ago I would regularly do 1-2 hours a night. I find what really helped was to do interval formatted work. For example:

    Zone 2: 10 minutes low cadence, 5 minutes normal cadence, repeat for 2 hours
    Zone 2 with all out seated sprint, every 10 minutes
    Zone 1-2 with a 30 sec high cadence interval every 5 minutes,
    etc.

    The interval format kept the mind more busy. Having a PM with all sorts of displayed metrics, and a good movie kept the mind from going numb.


    BTW, last winter I didn't work, so rode outside or drove to warmer weather most times (or integrated some snowshoe or XC ski cross training). That was sweet.
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    Two days of trainer work and two days outside is my winter training. The two days i was on the trainer i did pre planned interval work, typically zone 3-5. Two days outside were nice smooth rides at a zone 2 pace. Stick it in front of the tv and go to town when using the trainer. Never was on my trainer more than 90 minutes. When i came into the spring i was in pretty stellar shape. My avg power gain was 61 watts. That was december thru february on the trainer. My riding buddies noticed a sharp improvement. I went from pack riding to leading the pack in a matter of 5 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamb View Post
    I only ride the trainer in the winter cause frankly, I hate it.

    Ditto that. I only ride the trainer when there's snow on the ground. That being said, I can do 2.5 hours if needed. My trick is to stream foreign movies on Netflix - reading the subtitles helps take my mind off the boring grind.
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    I can't do much more than 60 minutes on the trainer before I'm bored as hell.

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    Slightly OT but is a trainer better than a stationary bike? I like the stationary bike because of all of the programmable rides but I'm wondering if it doesn't provide a "realistic" enough ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stymie2000 View Post
    Slightly OT but is a trainer better than a stationary bike? I like the stationary bike because of all of the programmable rides but I'm wondering if it doesn't provide a "realistic" enough ride.
    i would say the shortcoming of most stationary bikes is that the possible differences in crank length, Q factor, position, etc.

    i wouldn't worry too much about "realism", but i would be concerned about the different muscle activation.
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    I do one maybe two real quality sessions on the trainer a week. These are always intervals or similar. Do most of my strength and longer Km outside. never much longer than 100mins or so

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    I use the trainer mostly in the winter and a few times during the rest of the year. I can't handle much more than an hour on it, so it's generally 2-3 20 minute intervals +/- a bit around my threshold.

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    I use mine a lot, can only take about 1.5 - 2 hours at a time though, maximum.
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    45-60 minutes is all that I can take without getting bored. It beats nothing when there's snow on the ground.

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