I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted on here! I haven’t ventured to this site in a while, and when I did, I found a half-written post about the awesome Thanksgiving ride I did with my teammates… oops. I guess that gives an indication of how life has been since the end of cyclocross season – busy, busy, busy!
Jameson and I both finished out our ‘cross seasons with Limestone Cross at the Kiln (mud-fest!) and then allowed for a short unstructured rest period. I ran a lot with Oz, and we both went to spin class with our parents over Christmas, but mostly that time involved eating way too much good food and spending time with friends.
January rolled around and it was back to the grindstone! Time to buckle down and train for road season!
We’ll both be representing new teams this year for road: Jameson is riding for Integrated Sports Medicine, and I’m riding for CAWES (both still on C3 for cyclocross, though). New teams and teammates should make for a fun season, so we’re sticking with a training plan (as per usual) to make sure our fitness allows for us to enjoy racing to the fullest.
A lot of our friends and teammates think we’re a bit nuts, because we do the bulk of our winter training on, well, the stationary trainer (to be precise, Jameson prefers using the rollers). There’s a lot of hateful feelings towards trainers floating around out there, but I’m going to argue that it’s time for you to make a peace treaty. Here are my top 3 reasons I love my trainer:
1) Time. Working any sort of job complicates training, but when you work as much as we do, there’s little hope of sneaking an outdoor ride in during the week when daylight hours are from 6:30AM-5:30PM. There is absolutely no way either of us would hit our hours if we didn’t ride the trainer for an hour or two every night.
2) Weather. Last year, we lucked out in the Mid Atlantic and had a super mild winter. Mother Nature is not cooperating so nicely this year, so being on the trainer for two hours is infinitely preferable to freezing my toes off by riding outdoors.
3) Netflix. Nothing makes zone 2 on the trainer fly by like a bad disaster movie. So far this year, we’ve spun to Deep Impact, Vertical Limit, and Volcano, to name a few. I somehow feel less guilty for ploughing through several season of a TV show in a week when I’ve been watching it all on the bike.
Anyways, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, show your trainer some love and take a quick spin. Then eat more chocolates. Or cookies. Or both.