This weekend was absolutely gorgeous weather wise. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy any of it. My two little peanuts are battling nasty colds so Mama duty was in full effect. This is actually their first real sickness that they’ve been able to tell us they don’t feel good. Although it seems like they just say “yes” to every ailment I ask.
With the great weather, I was super jealous of all the runners going by my house in shorts and big smiles. Fifty degrees in January doesn’t happen that often in New Hampshire! Oh well, I’m on a running hiatus anyway. For three more days at least, but then again, who’s counting.
I did get a great workout in on my bike trainer. Since the Fall, I’ve been trying to get in a couple of workouts on it each week. It’s a great way to cross train, get off my feet from running and just adds variety. Some even suggest it’s harder than actual cycling outdoors since you are fighting the resistance of the trainer. However, it can be BORING! I get antsy on the treadmill and it’s no different on the bike. I have two tricks that I do to make myself stick to a workout on the bike – good music (Pandora’s Pop and Hip Hop Power Workout is one of my fav stations) and a plan of intervals to mimic outdoor riding. Variety is key to enjoying and surviving the trainer.
Here’s a great workout that I have been doing lately on the bike
Once done with the fourth round, finish with a cool down of an easy pace for 10 minutes.
If you are wondering what your easy or high intensity is, think of the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) scale. I prefer the BORG scale that is 6-10. You want to be working in the 12-16 range for the hard intervals.
A heart rate monitor can also be a good indicator of intensity as well.
While I much prefer to ride outside, having a bike trainer is a great tool to have. Especially in the winter and when you are confined to your house with Mama duty.
I want to thank everyone who posted comments on Friday’s post! I appreciated every single word of advice. Just another reason why I love the blog world and running community. I’ve got more research to do but I’m 100% certain I need to ditch my inserts and stability shoes. I need a fresh start that focuses on form first and foremost. It’s going to be a long process that hopefully I can withstand. I’m not a patient person but if it means staying injury free in the long run, it’s worth it.
Have a great Monday!
Are you a fan of indoor cycling?
I love spin classes! That’s one of the things I miss most about having a gym membership.