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!


2.21.2012

Another Reason to Ride Inside...

...because if you ride on the road MC Pluto's gonna get ya!
Either this is an epic troll, or just another reason to ride visibly and defensively when we are out on the road. When we are not out on the road, we'll be riding inside on Thursday night at Maglianero!

2.19.2012

Another Night, Another Hour...

...alone on the rollers with Futurama Season 6. Where did you ride today? Where will you ride Thursday night? Maglianero, you say? Well, OK.

2.17.2012

Announcing Winter Group Rides at Maglianero!


Attention Vermont Cyclists: 
As winter grinds along and outdoor riding remains a cold, dark and treacherous prospect, many of us retreat to our basements and hallways to churn away the miles indoors.  Most of us do so alone, and thus miss the camaraderie of our warm-season group rides. No longer!  Maglianero in Burlington has generously offered up their fantastic space in downtown Burlington to get together and churn some miles on our trainers together! 

Much more inspiring than the basement!

FAQ 

What: 
Weekly indoor group rides.

When: 
Next ride is Thursday, February 23 (and hopefully many winter Thursdays thereafter!)
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 



2.12.2012

Why We Ride

...Because winter waffles are delicious when it's 5 degrees out, but we still want to be able to move when spring comes!