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Friday, 12 November 2010


With all the bad stormy weather we have had over the past week I have been using the good old indoor trainer. I find the whole thing quite a Zen experience. I just plug myself in to my MP3 player and pedal away and I cover a virtual distance of 15 to 30 miles a day. I do this over various intensity programmes that simulate hills and steep inclines and unlike a lot of people I find the whole thing quite enjoyable. I suppose it helps being used to regular daily meditation and being able to get my mind in the right place.

Now as I have said before I am quite happy being caught out in the rain but I have never been happy having to force myself out on the bike when it's pouring with rain - hence the indoor training sessions.
Now just to prove that I do ride in the rain the above photographs were all taken during my Lands End to John o'Groats ride in September 2008. You can see how happy the guys are in the last picture..!
During the ride it rained almost every day over the entire 939 miles.For 10 days we got on the bikes in the morning knowing that we were going to be soaked to the skin all day.

 I suppose I now feel that I have earned the right to get on the trainer indoors when the rain is pouring down.


J_on_tour said...

You were unfortunate to have rain every day on your bike ride...a tremendous achievement. You'll have to get your indoor trainer set up in the shower for practice !!

The bike shed said...

I keep meaning to get on the bike again, so have volunteered to organise a long charity ride for my company - so some training required soon

Groover said...

I prefer riding in the rain over the wind trainer any day. Then again, they don't call Queensland "the sunshine state" for nothing. We are lucky to have very few rainy days.

Anonymous said...

I do the rollers bit in front of the TV. And I now have a shelf on the handlebars for coffee and cake .
Best at TdF time :-)
Pity you missed out on those wonderful days we had a few weeks back.

TrevorW�� said...

At least the shower would keep me cool- save getting the fan set up..!

Would be interested to hear more about your charity ride.

The trouble with the rain over here at this time of year is that it's cold as well as wet..!

A shelf on the handlebars for coffee and cake what a great idea-I'll get on to it straight away.

Peritozu said...

My list post was related with cycling around the little lake in stuttgart.Different places but same hobbies.


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