12.11.2012

Indoor Group Ride 12/13 at Maglianero, Last Chance for 2012!

Helloooo cyclists!

Last chance for an indoor ride this year, as Maglianero will be closed 12/20 and 12/27! (We'll be back on 1/3, though!)

So, as an end of the year homage to 2012, the year VTIndoor all got started, let's take it back to the one and only ride we did all last winter (because I hadn't bought the 10-pack yet) and do Fight Club:


Yeah, Fight Club, TT efforts, climbs, and 110% effort level ATTACKS! You know you love it.

Here's how it goes:


How long: 58minutes

What it’s about: Circuit race simulation

Best for: Increasing ability to go from high-speed flat racing to sharp climbs, all while responding to surprise attacks.

The Fight Club cycling training videos is scrappy, messy, and unpredictable. Like a real bike race, you’re working hard to stay with the leaders, while fending off attacks and doing your best to make the race by attacking as well. This is the only cycling workout video featuring officially licensed footage from the UCI Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. You’ll be racing with – and against – Cancellara, Evans, Kolobnev, Cunego, Gilbert, Wiggins, Martin and more!

WORKOUT DETAILS:

Fight Club was designed to build power over longer durations, while increasing leg-speed through 23 (!) unannounced ‘attacks’ that will challenge you to accelerate and then recover while still making a massive effort. Here’s what you’ll get over the roughly 60 minutes:

5:00 warm-up
Five ‘laps’ of circuit racing, featuring footage from the UCI World Championship Time Trial and Road Race:
1st lap:

6:00 of tempo riding, with a few attacks to break up the field

1:00 recovery

2nd – 5th lap:
4:00 time trial effort (with more attacks!)
2:30 climbing (with even more surprise attacks!)
3:00 recovery (no attacks – we’re cruel, but not that cruel)

5:00 minute warm-down


See you there.


12.04.2012

Indoor Group Ride 12/6 at Maglianero (Please Note Earlier Start)


Greetings Cyclists!

Thursday night will be upon us again before you know it!  We went short last week, so let's go l_o_n_g this week with Hell Hath No Fury.

IMPORTANT: This ride is longer, so in order to get it all in we are going to try to start riding by 6:10 instead of our usual leisurely 6:30 start. If you can't get set up in time for 6:10, just fill in the back and get going as soon as you can!

Here's what you're in for:





WORKOUT DETAILS:

You are a Sufferlandrian. And you’re racing for the Sufferlandrian National Team in the Tour of Sufferlandria. You’re expected to take the leader’s jersey (and a very special jersey it is) over the race, the stages of which are:

3:30 Warm-up

5:30 Stage 1: Easy, flat terrain with a few accelerations

20:00 Stage 2: Rolling terrain with a series of brutal attacks as the pack tries to take the lead from you

6:00 Recovery

20:00 Stage 3: More rolling, aggressive, attacking racing in which you try to break away to get the lead back

4:00 Recovery

3:30 Stage 4: A desperate Team Time Trial in which you have to crush yourself in order to take the lead, and the Tour of Sufferlandria victory

6:00 Recovery, featuring Mental Training Reflection from Athlete’s Audio


Bring your bike, trainer/rollers, towel, and five bucks.
 Be over 18 or bring a parent/guardian to sign a release. All money goes to Maglianero to use the space.

Please keep an eye on the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter for updates.

Thanks,

Matt

11.30.2012

Wouldn't This Look Great...

...on your bumper, bike, trainer, or toolbox?

That's just about actual size.

Details soon.

11.27.2012

This Week's Indoor Group Ride: Thursday, 11/29, 5:45 at Maglianero


Greetings Cyclists!

Well, you've had your week off. You've indulged in couch time and comfort food. You may have even snuck in an outdoor ride here and there as the last of the warmer fall weather give gave way to the cold north winds of winter. You may have even missed a ride or two to go shopping.

Back to it, people. this Thursday night, we will be riding once again at Maglianero. Since we've all been gone for a week, let's make it short and sweet with Revolver:


Well, short, anyway.

How long: 45minutes

What it’s about: Repeats of 1:00 maximum intensity intervals

Best for: Increasing your maximum power and ability to recover

Simple. Brutal. Uncomplicated. This is a workout you don’t have to think about. You just get on, drive yourself into the ground, and get off. It’s the perfect video for anyone who needs to fit a killer, high-intensity workout into their lunch hour to tune-up for racing or weekend ass-kicking.

4:00 warm-up

1:30 of tempo riding

2:00 of higher-speed tempo, with video from the Madison at the UCI Track World Cup

30:00 of intervals as follows: 15x 1:00 intervals, with 1 minute rest in-between each interval, for a total of 30 minutes of intervals.The ‘on’ intervals are not for the faint of heart. They should be done at 9/10 or 10/10 on the RPE (recommended perceived exertion scale). They feature footage from the UCI Track World Cup (Madison, Keirin, Kilometer), the UCI Cyclocross World Cup and the UCI World Road Championships (both U23 and Elite Women). The ‘off’ intervals features some beautiful footage descending the Col du Soler, from Cyclefilm.com.

4:00 warm-down featuring the final Ks of the Col du Soler descent.


Bring your bike, trainer/rollers, towel, and five bucks. Be over 18 or bring a parent/guardian to sign a release. All money goes to Maglianero to use the space.

Please keep an eye on the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter for updates.

Thanks,

Matt




11.21.2012

No Ride This Week- Next Ride is November 29

Just a reminder that we will not be riding this week. At least not together. See you all next week, and have a great holiday!

Just train amongst yourselves:

11.13.2012

This Week's Indoor Group Ride: Thursday, 11/15, 5:45 at Maglianero


Greetings cyclists!

Our third ride of the season is this week! Last week saw us grinding out two sets of descending intervals as we navigated the "Downward Spiral." Given it's that time of year when our friends might don their blaze orange and head off to deer camp, let's run with "The Hunted."


Here's what the workout looks like:


6:30 warm-up: Gradually up the pace, over the intro,  footage from a group ride in California, and some pack riding in the Tour de Suisse.

:30 attack: A violent effort to get away from the complacent peloton.

5:00 solo-breakaway tempo riding: You’ll ride at effort level 7/10 with Marco Pinotti as he plows through the TT course of the Tour of Romandie.

20:00 climb: Caught by the group, you’ll start a long, difficult climb and try to stay with Robert Gesink over the top.
4:00 downhill: This isn’t a time to rest…especially when you’re solo trying to hold off the chasers! You’ll take the resistance off but you’ll ramp that cadence up to 115+ to train some fast pedaling technique.

5:00 small group: Caught by three other riders, you’ll swap off the front in a small breakaway as you hurtle toward the finish line, while the pack looms behind.

5:00 inverse intervals: As you’re the sort who goes for the big glory, you’ll attempt to attack (again and again) and shed your breakaway companions. This is probably the most awful 5:00 you’ll ever ride.

?: It wouldn’t be the ‘fest if there wasn’t a small (small) sting in the tail now, would it?

4:00 warm-down


Bring your bike, trainer/rollers, towel, and five bucks. Be over 18 or bring a parent/guardian to sign a release. All money goes to Maglianero to use the space.

Please keep an eye on the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter for updates.

Thanks,

Matt

11.08.2012

A Little Preview of Tonight's Ride

Downward Spiral:



Workout Details:

10:00 warm-up featuring both MTB and criterium racing

First descending-interval set (with Paris-Roubaix footage)

2:00 interval / 2:00 recovery
1:45 interval / 1:45 recovery
1:30 interval / 1:30 recovery
1:15 interval / 1:15 recovery
1:00 interval / 1:00 recovery
:45 interval / :45 recovery
:30 interval / :30 recovery
:15 interval
5:00 recovery

Repeat of descending-interval set (Same structure as first set, but this time with Fleche-Wallone footage – and with a small surprise ‘bonus’ at the end).

4:00 warm-down, featuring the Zurich Bicycle Film Festival entry by Gorilla Bicycles.


Just watch and spin, or bring the pain, all abilities are welcome and encouraged.

Maglianero, 47 Maple street in Downtown Burlington (just drive south on Battery until you are in the gravel lot with the railroad tracks and then keep turning left through the lot until you see it)

 5:45 PM (we start setting up then and start riding by 6:30, the ride is about an hour)

5 bucks (to cover the cost of the space)

Bring your bike, trainer, and towel (having a computer on your bike with a cadence feature is nice but not required)

See you there.

11.07.2012

Jens Says

From the always-excellent Chasing 1:20:



It's been cold, but dry and bright during the day, and it's going to be a nice weekend.

Squeeze in a little Thursday night interval session with us at Maglianero and you've got yourself another solid week on the bike. See you there, and don't disappoint Jens.



11.06.2012

Indoor Group Ride: Thursday Night, November 8, 5:45 PM at Maglianero!

Greetings cyclists! Our second ride of the season is this week! Last week three new riders joined us for a trip into A Very Dark Place. This week, let's ride "Downward Spiral:" Two sets of descending intervals with Paris-Roubaix and Fleche-Wallone (Mur de Huy!) footage. Bring your bike, trainer/rollers, towel, and five bucks. Be over 18 or bring a parent/guardian to sign a release. All money goes to Maglianero to use the space. Please keep an eye on the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter. If you know somebody who ought to be on this email list, please forward this message. Thanks, Matt

11.02.2012

Great Ride Last Night!

Thanks to Maglianero and everybody who came! Three new people joined us who have never been to VTIndoor before. Let's make it a horde next week!

11.01.2012

We Ride Tonight!

So for tonight, how about in the spirit of the season we go to A Very Dark Place?


That oughta do it.

5:45 at Maglianero to set up, ride goes off at 6:30. Bring your bike, your trainer, five bucks, and a mat or towel for underneath.

Leave it all on the floor, spin and watch, or do anything in between. Racer, commuter or rank beginner: come one and all!


10.30.2012

First Indoor Group Ride is Thursday Night, November 1, 5:45 PM at Maglianero!


First Indoor Group Ride is Thursday Night, November 1, 5:45 PM at Maglianero!

Greetings cyclists!

Our first ride of the season is this week! Let's ride off that halloween candy and get in the spirit of riding hard all year long, whatever the weather! I haven't picked which of the 10(!) Sufferfest videos we'll be using this week yet, so stay tuned.

Bring your biketrainer/rollerstowel, and five bucks. Be over 18 or bring a parent/guardian to sign a release. All money goes to Maglianero to use the space.

Please keep an eye on the blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on twitter. If you know somebody who ought to be on this email list, please forward this message on to them!

Thanks,

Matt Boulanger
Vermont indoor Cycling
 
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10.27.2012

Bike Love

I had a great day out with my son today. We took information cards with VTIndoor information on them around to Maglianero, the Outdoor Gear Exchange, Old Spokes Home, North Star Cyclery, Ski Rack, and Earl's. With the exception of Earl's we did it all by bike, with me towing Austen in the trailer behind my Nano minivelo (which got us a few looks on Church Street, what with the funny small wheels and all). It was nice to be riding and interacting with other riders in such a terrific bike town. I think we made some new friends and I hope we see some of them this winter. Indoor rides start next week, Thursday November 1 at Maglianero at 5:45!

9.27.2012

Coffee

I love good coffee, like I love good beer and good food. Sometimes I love less-than good coffee, beer and food as well. It's a big tent, what can I say? Kind of like bicycles. $3000.00 road machine? Very fun to ride. Dumpster bike? Also fun. Best to have both in the stable.

But Coffee.

Unlike most downtown-Burlingtonistas, who have Maglianero and others to serve their coffee needs, I am not advantageously situated when it comes to coffee. Nevertheless, the big tent prevails. The corner mini mart near my office has been a regular lunchtime stop for me for years, for a pump-and-go, whatever's in the carafe-no-matter when-it-was-brewed-I-just-need-to-stay-awake cup. To the tune of 2 bucks a day, 10 bucks a week.

Not this fall. Not this summer and not this spring before that. I have forgone my middle-of-the-day, middle-of-the-road cup of coffee for most of this year now. Slowly, painstakingly, $2 a day, I have scrimped and saved for one thing and one thing only:

Behold, the Sufferfest "Group and Class" 10-Pack. It costs $300. I'm buying it with my coffee money. Weeks and weeks and months worth. For the racer who can't stand another night of lonely intervals. For the new cyclist who bought a trainer and has no idea what to do with it. For the commuter who is looking to keep the motor tuned up for spring. Anybody who wants to be on a bike can get something out of these sessions.

This set of training videos is my investment in all of us, our little part of making the Burlington area a world-class cycling city. Just a piece of the picture, from our great shops, great advocacy organizations, to our soon to be great and getting better bike infrastructure. It's totally worth it to me to give up 30 weeks of nasty cheap coffee to bring this experience to Vermont's cycling community. I can't wait to get started.

Thanks,

Matt

9.25.2012

It's Coming...

VTIndoor's winter season starts November 1 and it's coming up faster than you think! Details soon, but you can bet for sure we'll have a full menu of Sufferfest videos on tap for our group rides. in case you were wondering what areas of cycling we'll be covering, the good people at www.thesufferfest.com have put together a nice little diagram:

See you soon!

8.29.2012

The Swag Box Has Begun to Fill...

...Thanks to @ClifBar! I tweeted them a picture of my commute and they mailed me this box-o-bike love. I haven't figured out prize distribution yet but it will surely have something to do with showing up and sweating! (In the picture: sweet hat, bike seat covers, crunchy peanut butter bars, coconut chocolate chip bars, tire levers.)

Thanks, Clif Bar!

8.07.2012

Ramping Up, and Announcing the VT Indoor Bike Shop!

Hi everybody!

It's summer. It's hot out. I hope all of you reading this have gotten out for lots of miles and have all sorts of races, rides, and bike adventures planned for the rest of the summer and upcoming fall.

I know I do.

In the midst of all of that, I want you all to know that I still have our next season with Vermont Indoor at the forefront of my mind, or close to it. I have big plans for this next winter season, including a  greater diversity of ride videos, some small prizes for attendance, and hopefully some partnerships with local business to help build the capacity and sustainability of our group.

I started VT Indoor because getting on my bike trainer in the winter was a huge step toward achieving my own personal goals when I got serious about them a few years back. Through that first winter of solitary training, I achieved a level of fitness I had not seen in over a decade. In a way, starting VT Indoor is my small gift back to the world of cycling, a "thank you" for what it has done for me.

None of us are professional cyclists. I've never even ridden a real race. But I love the shape that cycling has gotten me into, and I love the feeling of being able to ride a bike fast, or up a really big climb, or all day over a long distance. VT Indoor helps me have all of that.

Now, as I wrote back in April, there are some things we need that cost money. I want to keep Vermont Indoor going and make it into the truly great program it can be. Like most of you, I don't have a lot of personal funds to give to this cause, only my limited time and energy. If you want to give, the donate button is right over there in the left hand column of this page. ======>

But that isn't enough.

There's another thing I really like about cycling. Something I like almost as much as riding bikes:

Working on bikes. 

I've been working on bikes for over a decade now. I've built a fair set of skills and a pretty decent shop over those years as well. It's time to put those skills to use.

Let's call it 15 bucks an hour for labor, with all proceeds going to VT Indoor. Services include:

  • Cleaning and polishing
  • Tuneups
  • Flat Repair
  • New Parts Installation
  • Wheel Building and Truing
  • Fancy Bar Taping (Diamond Wrap, Cork and Shellac, Leather and Twine)
  • Fixie Conversions (to or from!)
  • Troubleshooting and Bike Problem/Mystery Noise Exorcism (My personal favorite!)

This will be a Bring-Your Own Parts affair. I can't afford to keep stuff in stock beyond cleaning supplies, lube, and tire patches. So if your project requires parts, I'm more than happy to help you source them, and if we have a couple of projects going we can even try to combine orders to get free or cheaper shipping. If I could convince QBP to give me a merchant account, that would be a whole other thing, but we aren't there. Yet.

I'm not set up to service suspension parts or hydraulic stuff, but that's about it. I'm happy to take on projects most shops don't want to touch or don't have the time for. I'm happy to consult with clients, be it getting Old Reliable back on the road after a long hiatus in the barn, or commuterizing an old ATB for townie duty, or getting that high-zoot road bike working like a Swiss watch in time for the next epic ride. Let's talk.

You can contact me through this site, by email, on our Facebook Page, or through Twitter. I keep a regular eye on all of them.  

Ride on, friends, and we'll see you on the other side of Fall!




4.05.2012

There's a Hole in My Heart...

...where our weekly Thursday night indoor group rides used to be.

It's April. There have been some nice days, and some gray days. There have been days that were really busy when it was dark by the time everything was done and there was some headspace for riding. I'm still on the rollers, alone at home...

But it's April, after all, and spring is here/coming/occluded by snowflakes on occasion. It's time to get outside more. It's time to get outside now because if you don't before you know it it will be fall again. It happens really quickly in Vermont, this summer thing. If you only ride outside when it isn't a little too cold, a little too windy, a little too wet, you won't ride outside much at all.

We'll be back inside next year, and please, keep in touch with this site for updates over the summer and fall.

Last week and before, ideas have circulated among the group for "off-season" activities. Everything from regular old outdoor group rides (perhaps starting/finishing at the ever-awesome Maglianero) to group trainer rides under cover (like under a carport or tent) when it is really nasty out, to late-night group rides to a "bike-in" movie, say on top of the parking garage or some other interesting location. All great ideas.



As for me, I have a little summer wish list going for stuff I'd like to have in place for next fall:


  1. More riders. Tell your friends- we have plenty of room for more riders, and you are all what makes this thing so great!
  2. More Sufferfest videos. I want to buy the Sufferfest "10-pack" with group versions of all of the Sufferfest videos. This will enable us to put some more variety into the program. The price is steep- $300- but I think we can pull it together in time for the fall. 
  3. Our own projecting and sound gear. Once again, Maglianero and JDK really came through this winter by loaning us their projector and having a screen available- and I had a janky set of speakers we could use and a laptop to hook to all of it. Eventually, I'd like to have all of that stuff in a dedicated kit, so in the event that I'm not able to do a ride, somebody else can pick up the kit and go with it!
  4. Loaner trainers- it would be great to assemble a collection of loaner resistance trainers for those who do not have their own. 
  5. Finally- and this plays into the rest of our desires- sponsorship! I'd like to find some local businesses who might be willing to give us some money, either to help pay for the gear we need, to donate the gear we need, or to help offset the cost of the rides themselves, so maybe everybody is paying two or three (or zero!) bucks a night to ride. 
So stay tuned, fellow riders, and we'll see you all at the end of the fall or sooner. 

Matt




3.29.2012

Here we go again...

Tires pumped? Rollers ready? Jersey pressed? (Just kidding.)

Good.

Here we go again folks.

Just a few short hours until 5:45.

Maglianero, 47 Maple Street.

Sufferfest.

Last one of the season.

See you there.

3.28.2012

Riding Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, March 29, 5:45 at Maglianero! (47 Maple Street in Burlington)

We'll do one more indoor group ride to close out the winter. If you haven't been to one of these rides yet, this is your last chance for the season!

SWEAT! to the euro-techno beat of Sufferfest Fight Club!



GRUNT! Through the workout you get from moving the big heavy tables out of the way!
Big Tables.


















THRILL To the fun of doing a group trainer ride with other like-minded cyclists!
It's More Fun to Suffer Together.

























Bring your bike, trainer, towel, five bucks, and the ability to sign a release.



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Last chance for the season.
We hope to see you there.


3.27.2012

Don't Move from Burlington to Portland, move Portland to Burlington...

Witness:

 

Seriously, the "bike train to school" thing has to be one of the coolest implementations of bike transportation I've ever seen.

How many of us have been riding on Williston Road, buzzed by cars, or driving somewhere we could have ridden to but it didn't feel safe, or looked for a place to lock our bike up at a store and found there was no rack anywhere near the door? How many of us would ride to work, but there's no shower? How many of us have just wanted to chuck it all and move to the bike paradise that is Portland?  Better idea: what can we do to get improve the cycling experience in Burlington , so we don't want to move to Portland all the time?

Most of the time, VTIndoor and this blog is focused on training, training hard, doing intervals, and sweating and all that good stuff. But most of us have a life to live the other 167 hours of the week.  Much of that life can be lived, nay, enhanced on a bike. And the way to do that is to use bikes every day. Here's your challenge, folks:

  • This week, come ride with us Thursday night for one more indoor session at Maglianero. 
  • In the next week, take one trip that would have been a car trip and do it on the bike. In street clothes. 
  • In the next month, do something to advocate for better cycling infrastructure. 
  • In the next season, help somebody you know get on a bike. Build up your beater for them, take them on a ride, show them how to change a tire. 
  • In the next year, get involved with your local bike/walk council, rec path committee, planning commission, Local Motion, whatever. these people are out there, and they are working to do good things in your community. Join them. 
See you Thursday night. 




3.23.2012

Great Ride last Night! One More to Go!

We have one ride left, next week. March 29th. In the meantime, read this excellent essay on Embrocation by Nathaniel Ward about the unexpected joys of balancing fatherhood and bike training. As a trailer-owning new father I found it inspiring. 

See you next week. 

Matt


3.22.2012

Tonight, We Ride!

Check previous posts for details, wrap up the office portion of your day, put on the velobeats and GET PUMPED!  It's almost time to ride!


3.20.2012

Thursday Night Indoor Group Ride is ON!

Hey all-

It's going to be 80+ degrees out this week.

You've probably all gotten outside and had some sweet, fresh-air, outdoor, bugs-in-your-teeth miles.

But there's a little matter of karma. The cycling-weather gods must get their due. And payment is due in the form of indoor sweat, rubber dust, and the whine of tires on aluminum.

Want it to stay nice out for spring? Don't tempt fate by giving up on Thursday indoor group rides at Maglianero! If we don't ride inside this week and next week, we will be tempting fate for a slushy, rainy, no-fun April and May- and who wants that? The price of good karma and pleasant spring weather is two more Thursday nights spent indoors.

The GMBC spin may be canceled this week- but we will ride this Thursday night, March 22 and next Thursday night, March 29 at Maglianero like usual!

Bring your bike, trainer, clothes, towels and five bucks. Email vtindoorcycling@gmail.com with questions.

3.15.2012

Reminder: No Ride Tonight! Ride next week...

...and the week after that. Ride on your own tonight or punish yourself by watching this video of dancing keirin  riders:

 

3.14.2012

A Complete Street for Williston Road- Monday March 19, SB City Council

Here at VTIndoor, we ride inside in the off-season to get some training in, but all of us ride outside, too. Many of us use our bikes to get around as well as to train and compete. If you've ever run the gauntlet on Williston Road, you know that there is no accommodation for cyclists built into it. You probably avoid riding on Williston Road at all costs, even though it is the most direct connection between Downtown Burlington, South Burlington, and Williston.

Here's a chance to take a step in the right direction: This summer, Williston Road will be repaved from the intersection with 116/Patchen to the Ace Hardware past the airport. A small group has formed to ask the South Burlington City Council to consider a pilot "Complete Street" project as a part of the repaving. This would generally reduce the road from four vehicle lanes to three (with the middle lane as a turn lane" and would add bicycle lanes to the road surface.

Colchester Avenue in Burlington before and after its Complete Street conversion

The South Burlington City Council is meeting on Monday to discuss the possibility of trying out this Complete Street configuration to see if it will work. While there will be an impact on motor vehicle traffic (generally making Williston Road a slower trip for motorists during peak hours ), the road would be made immeasurably safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Here's the email notice I got about the meeting:


TO: All interested in a Williston Road “Complete Streets Trial” this summer

City Council has agreed to re-consider whether to recommend a trial at its upcoming meeting at 7pm Monday, March 19th at South Burlington City Hall -575 Dorset Street.

Whether to prioritize continued motorist use of Williston Road, many of whom are simply “passing through” will need to be discussed and weighed versus placing an increased priority on more local S.B. neighborhood, bicyclist, pedestrian, speed and safety concerns which might involve somewhat greater traffic delay during certain peak traffic times of day.

Comments from interested parties will be important to a complete and thoughtful City Council discussion and decision.

Please try to attend.

Rick Hubbard
Chair, South Burlington Recreation Path Committee

3.12.2012

Great Ride Last Week, No Ride This Week, Rides on March 22 and 29

What a great ride last week! We had seven riders show up to test their mettle against the Sufferfest!  We will not ride this week due to another event at the same time at Maglianero but we do plan to ride on March 22 and March 29. Hopefully after that it will really and truly be spring and we can all get outside until next winter!

Pictures:





3.08.2012

Riding Tonight!

VT Indoor lives for Thursday Nights! We'll get together at Maglianero once again for an indoor group ride at 5:45- ride starts at 6:30 and goes for an hour. Check the previous couple of posts for details and LET'S RIDE!


3.07.2012

Outside Rides

Although this blog and VTIndoor is dedicated primarily to a niche-of-niches within the bike world (outdoor cyclists who sometimes like to train indoors and would like to train indoors with other people once in awhile- yeah, draw that Venn diagram), it's not like we don't all like, nay, prefer to ride outside. It's why we ride inside when we cant get out, to make the outside rides more enjoyable. To stay sharp.

Well, today, my friends, it is forecast to be nearly 50 degrees and partly sunny, and this indoor cyclist was more than happy to get outside for a quick morning ride before work.

On the winter bike.

With the smooshy tires.

And the 30mph headwind coming out of the south (because all that warm air has to come from somewhere).

Gone are the high cadences, the easy spin. Replaced by huffing, puffing, pedaling squares for sure. Not to mention traffic, road grime, numb ears and hands, and a windbreaker with tarp-like aerodynamics. Not exactly glamorous, but that's what early season riding can be like. It's nice to have the trainer there too, in the early season. It's nice to get on there and spin like a hero for an hour, and dream of those bright, mild, windless days that will be coming to us in Vermont very shortly.

Until those days get here, cycling outdoors will be a largely functional affair, and the hero stuff will have to happen inside. Come train with us tomorrow night. You won't regret it.


3.06.2012

Thursday, March 8 Indoor Group Ride is ON at Maglianero!



We are ON for Thursday night at Maglianero!  Show up there at 5:45 with your bike, trainer, and five bucks and LET'S RIDE!  Details below:


What: 
Weekly indoor group rides.

When: 
Next ride is Thursday, March 8
Doors open at 5:45 and we'll start riding by 6:30. Rides will last about an hour.

Where: 
Maglianero, 47 Maple Street in Burlington.

Who: 
Cyclists of all abilities who want to ride inside with other cyclists!

What do I need to bring?
You'll need to bring your trainer, your bike, a towel or mat to put under your bike/trainer, another towel for yourself, your bike shoes, and water to drink. Basically everything you use to train at home. We'll set up the sound and video. To offset the costs of keeping the space open at night, please bring $5 cash each night. Please also be prepared to sign a release form. 

You may wish to have a computer on your bike. The videos will give you an effort level on a 1-10 scale and sometimes will prompt you to use a certain cadence- if you want to be able to follow those instructions, a bike computer that shows cadence will help, but if you can estimate your effort level on a scale from 1-10, you can easily follow along without a computer at all. 

Please be prepared to help move tables and chairs, set up, and clean up after ourselves when the ride is over. We want to be model citizens of the excellent space Maglianero has created for cyclists in Burlington!

What kind of ride will this be anyway?
We'll be using training videos from the excellent sufferfest series (www.thesufferfest.com). Expect beautiful footage of bike racing all over the world combined with a pounding beat and on-screen prompts that tell you when to spin, when to sprint, when to recover, and when to really dig in! 

Do I have to be some kind of crazy bike racer to do this?
No way! These workouts can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. Just be comfortable riding your bike on whatever trainer you bring with you. If you want to come and really push hard, great! If you want to just spin away while listening to the music and watching the race footage, that's totally cool too. 

Any questions? 
Please email vtindoorcycling@gmail.com with any questions. 

Thanks, and happy riding!

Vermont Indoor Cycling

Twitter:         @VTindoorcycling
Google+:      Vtindoorcycling
Facebook:    Vermont Indoor Cycling 

3.05.2012

More Riding Alone

The weekends are a blur in my house. The toddler tornado ceases only for a brief midday nap and social dates abound. Between chores and childcare, I hadn't done anything, exercise-wise, by the time Sunday night rolled around. Combined with my weekend-typical lapsed food discipline, I was feeling bloated, burned out, and lazy.
Yeah. 

Time for a ride.

Rollers don't have a lot of resistance, and it is relatively easy to spin them at high speeds once your balance is sorted out. The speed you see on your computer has little relationship to what conditions are like out on the pavement (no wind resistance). Still, I have developed a pretty good feel for what is a hard versus an easy workout. 20 miles in an hour is a easy recovery day. A typical Sufferfest Fight Club session yields around 25 miles in the same hour.
The rollers are always there, waiting for you.

Last night, I just went for 25 miles an hour for the whole hour. That's a pretty boring workout, but a workout nonetheless. I picked a gear that would let me do it at about 87-88 RPM, and called it good.  Big pool of sweat under the rollers, burning legs, all of that. I felt at least a little redeemed of my wayward dietary choices and mentally reset. Ready for the week. Ready for something easier tonight and a taper up to Thursday, when we'll go to Maglianero and pound out another tough workout, together.


 

3.02.2012

Great Ride Last Night!

The last of the day's light on the railings at Maglianero.

The screen was repaired in short order with a zip-tie.

A fixie ready for the hour's ride.

Best shot we could get of the screen with cycling footage projected on it. The video looks pretty good at this size. 

Riders!

More riders!

3.01.2012

Ride Tonight! 5:45 at Maglianero!



You know the drill folks. It may be cold, wet, and nasty outside, but it will be warm and dry inside at Maglianero tonight as we get together once again to ride our trainers for an hour to the best racing footage and pounding euro/techno beats that The Sufferfest has to offer! Details are all in previous posts, basics below:


  • 5:45PM
  • Maglianero, 47 Maple Street
  • Bring: bike, trainer, towel, five bucks
  • Ride starts at 6:30 and goes for an hour


Come in out of the cold to spin, come in out of the cold to flog yourself to exhaustion on the bike, or anything in between but for heaven's sake come on down and ride inside!

2.29.2012

Games Indoor Cyclists Play

Indoor cycling is much more enjoyable in the company of friends, and even more so in an inspiring space like the one so generously provided by Maglianero.  But what about all of those other nights of the week, when we retreat to our individual basements and hallways to put down some mileage?
Back in the day (last year) in the lonely basement.

Well, there are of course, the Sufferfest Videos we are all so fond of. But some rides need to be recovery rides.  For that, I prefer Netflix and a movie that doesn't take too much concentration. And because I ride rollers, I generally prefer a movie without too many crazy car chases.
This was a particularly bad idea.

In psychiatry the hour is the standard unit of therapy, and in indoor bike training, it tends to be a good amount of time as well- long enough to leave a big old pool of sweat* under the bike but short enough to avoid saddle sores or death from abject boredom. I wish Netflix had a "sort by runtime" option that would let me find stuff that is actually an hour long, but usually I pick things that are over an hour.

Secret confession, though: I like Futurama. In fact, if nothing else, the eight bucks a month we pay for Netflix represents ongoing access to all six seasons and the movies, and I wear those out training in the winter. The trouble is, the 22-minute episodes don't fit well with an hour of riding. I used to watch about 2.5 episodes, but I didn't like stopping in the middle of an episode. So I started sandwiching 16 minutes of the Netflix "red screen" in between two episodes:

This gets old after about 30 seconds.


Cycling is full of the mythos of the "hardman." The racer who goes out and trains when the weather is worst, who does the extra hill repeat, who can take the bit in between his teeth and just drive. Not for glory, not for the team, but because sometimes a little suffering is necessary.. I think about that mythical hardman, and halfway through my hour, I spend 16 minutes staring into that red menu screen, headphones off, nothing but the sound of the drivetrain and wheels on aluminum**. No distractions. The seconds trickle by on the computer. Before you know it, it's the year 3000 all over again and then the ride is done.

So, what do you do when you are whiling away the time going nowhere fast? Dream of summer days and tailwinds? Click through the displays on your computer***?


*In fact, if I said "Just ride until the pools of sweat that center under the tips of your drops merge with the pool of sweat under your bottom bracket," that would be right about an hour, most nights.

**Now, I'm not saying that watching the red screen instead of a TV show for 16 minutes in the middle of an indoor workout makes me a hardman. Far from it. My point is that when the training gets monotonous, it helps to add a little variety, and sometimes that variety might come in the form of a mental challenge.

*** Cadence, Odometer, Trip Odometer, Clock Time, Ride time. Over and Over again.

2.26.2012

Thursday Night Indoor Ride at Maglianero is ON for March 1!

We are ON for Thursday night at Maglianero!  Show up there at 5:45 with your bike, trainer, and five bucks and LET'S RIDE!  Details below, and don't forget to answer the poll questions to the right ===>

Much more inspiring than the basement!

What: 
Weekly indoor group rides.

When: 
Next ride is Thursday, March 1
Doors open at 5:45 and we'll start riding by 6:30. Rides will last about an hour.

Where: 
Maglianero, 47 Maple Street in Burlington.

Who: 
Cyclists of all abilities who want to ride inside with other cyclists!

What do I need to bring?
You'll need to bring your trainer, your bike, a towel or mat to put under your bike/trainer, another towel for yourself, your bike shoes, and water to drink. Basically everything you use to train at home. We'll set up the sound and video. To offset the costs of keeping the space open at night, please bring $5 cash each night. Please also be prepared to sign a release form. 

You may wish to have a computer on your bike. The videos will give you an effort level on a 1-10 scale and sometimes will prompt you to use a certain cadence- if you want to be able to follow those instructions, a bike computer that shows cadence will help, but if you can estimate your effort level on a scale from 1-10, you can easily follow along without a computer at all. 

Please be prepared to help move tables and chairs, set up, and clean up after ourselves when the ride is over. We want to be model citizens of the excellent space Maglianero has created for cyclists in Burlington!

What kind of ride will this be anyway?
We'll be using training videos from the excellent sufferfest series (www.thesufferfest.com). Expect beautiful footage of bike racing all over the world combined with a pounding beat and on-screen prompts that tell you when to spin, when to sprint, when to recover, and when to really dig in! 

Do I have to be some kind of crazy bike racer to do this?
No way! These workouts can be as hard or as easy as you want them to be. Just be comfortable riding your bike on whatever trainer you bring with you. If you want to come and really push hard, great! If you want to just spin away while listening to the music and watching the race footage, that's totally cool too. 

Any questions? 
Please email vtindoorcycling@gmail.com with any questions. 

Thanks, and happy riding!

Vermont Indoor Cycling

Twitter:         @VTindoorcycling
Google+:      Vtindoorcycling
Facebook:    Vermont Indoor Cycling 



2.24.2012

Great Night at Maglianero- and a New Poll on the Blog

We had another terrific weekly ride at Maglianero last night- and we'll be back, same time, same place next week.

While we are waiting for that day to come (next Thursday, March 1) it might be worth it to take a trip over to thesufferfest.com and peruse some of the other videos available there. Not that we don't love us some Fight Club, but a climbing workout from Angels or perhaps some serious interval work with Downward Spiral would be more to people's liking.

Have a look at thesufferfest.com and tell us what you think in the poll to the right===>

See you next week!

2.23.2012

Tonight, We Ride!



The bag is packed, I have a new set of speakers to plug the laptop into, Sufferfest Fight Club is queued up, and  I have consumed the requisite pre-ride banana. Come see us tonight at Maglianero!

Basics:
  • 5:45.
  • 47 Maple Street.
  • 5 bucks.

Lots more details here if you need them, or email vtindoorcycling@gmail.com

See you there.  

2.22.2012

Cardage

Here are some postcards we worked up over the last few days. We are hoping to get these on bakery bulletin boards and bike shop counters around Burlington in the near future. Also we hope to see whoever can make it tomorrow night!  If anybody wants to print some of these up to pass around, be our guest (big versions on the Google+ page). If you haven't noticed, we are very open-source and DIY here at VTIndoor!