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Making the Turbo Trainer Less Boring in Five Easy Steps


Making the Turbo Trainer Less Boring in Five Easy Steps
Published on February 16, 2014Email To Friend    Print Version

by Steve Hall, EBike 
It’s that time of year (still), and you’d have to be pretty bold to go out in 100mph storms. OK, you do that anyway, but still, making turbo training bearable is a seasonal necessity.

Love or hate it turbo training can be fairly mind-numbing, but there are a few ways to make it more interesting:


1) Use a program:

There is nothing worse than sitting on the turbo with nothing to do but spin your legs; two minutes can seem like a lifetime. Part of the beauty of the turbo is that you can use it to focus on one specific area of your training – speed, endurance, climbing, technique and there are plenty of pre-prepared programs out there to use.

You can find a selection here. My personal favorite is ‘Stairway to Heaven’.

2) Create a playlist:

Having a set program is important but so too is keeping your mind from watching the seconds tick away. Spotify, the music streaming portal, has just launched a free mobile service, all you have to do is download the app to your phone, create a playlist from some 20 million songs and away you go. It has advertisments, but is well worth it.

* A note of caution. If you happen to borrow your girlfriend’s/boyfriend’s/brother’s/sister’s/grandma’s headphones that he or she got for Christmas, make sure you give them a clean afterwards. Apparently they don’t like it if you don’t.

3) Set it up somewhere interesting:

Not having to dodge buses, cars, pedestrians, other cyclists or dog walkers on the road means you can spend time taking in your surroundings. If you’ve got one, a garden greenhouse or inclosed porch is a good spot. Let’s you keep an eye on what the neighbors are up to and spot all the jobs you’ll be given/have to do, come summer.

4) Put on a DVD:

If you find trying to keep up with a pro motivating then grab yourself a training DVD. You’ll need enough room around the TV and perhaps some understanding neighbors, but it’s quite cool to be riding to real-life footage from some of the world’s most famous races.

5) Don’t do it:

Instead of spending time hooking up the bike to the turbo, making space in the front room, finding music to listen to and cleaning the DVD because it keeps skipping, just take the bike out on the road. With studded or fat tires and cross-country ski clothing accessories it's doable. Plus, It’s much more interesting out there anyway.

So there you have it. Not an exclusive list, but my tips for beating the boredom. Any other suggestions welcome.

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