Last Sunday saw the arrival of my Elite Mag Crono Turbo Trainer (bit of a mouthful!), which is essentially a contraption that allows you to peddle away on your road bike without actually moving. Yes, I was excited. A spin bike in the comfort of my own home…well I should really say shed. Mum won’t let me put it in the living room. But that didn’t faze me. In the evening I meticulously set out my workout clothes, water bottle, and towel, setting the alarm for 5.40am.
The following morning was a different story. I emerged from my room with bleary eyes and that ‘just-woken-up-headache’ that only disappears after I’ve had a drink. Just one of those things. I decided to outpace my sluggish brain and trudge up the garden before the reality of being up so early (and doing exercise) could catch up. Into the shed. Check for spiders. Onto the saddle. And peddle.
The warm up is always the hardest. You’ve got the entirety of the session to go, and are still feeling groggy. And then there’s the fact that everyone else is still fast asleep under the covers. It’s probably best not to contemplate why you ever thought this would be a good idea at this point. However, it really is just a case of pushing through. I’ve been keeping these sessions short (all below 40 minutes) and at relatively low resistance in order to make them slightly easier! The half way point is definitely the highlight. By this time I’m usually feeling moderately alert and actually ‘getting into’ the spin a little more. And if not, the end is starting to come into focus so it’s not all bad!
I will guiltily admit that I have been skipping a few cool downs. Sometimes I’ll be running late and so need to rush inside for breakfast and a shower, but other times…well I just couldn’t be bothered. But they are important, so if you do try spinning, don’t follow my example (unless you really need to!). Below I’ve attached one of my favourite workouts, so please feel free to give it go if you like.
Fancy a spin?
It’s not really as bad as I’ve made out…promise! As an injured runner I’ve still been able to gain a sense of achievement at the end of every session, and setting up my own trainer at home has been great. Depending on the quality of your trainer, you may not have access to any data, and it is rather noisy (think washing machine levels), but it does cut out any unnecessary travel and saves money in the long run. I also prefer to be outside, so I think my £75 was well spent, despite it coming out of my Garmin savings! I’ve linked some sites below that might be of interest.
One thing you will need is music, or a good tv show. Peddling in the same spot for any length of time really is a mental endurance test, so make sure you’re occupied. And I would also recommend having a readily-available supply of coffee at around 10AM to cope with the fading of those post-session endorphins.
My final thoughts? Spinning is great, but I really can’t wait to get back to running.