Inspired by MattyO’s latest trainer ride I saddled up on the trainer tonight for a one hour video game playing ride. This would be my first trainer ride of the season. I’ll probably still do some outdoor rides yet this season, but I simply ran out of daylight today. I really don’t mind trainer rides, but they are much hard to get motivated to start than riding outside. Once I start though I really get into the ride.
I have always been one to multitask while on the trainer. I have successfully:
- Watched TV/Movies
- Attended a work conference call while IM-ing a co-worker
- Installed Ubuntu on an old laptop
- Read a book (worked well except I had to be careful not to drip sweat on the book)
Now, I can add playing video games to that list. The idea of playing video games on the trainer actually came from BDD and is one of the greatest ideas ever.
I setup the trainer in the living room, popped in Mario Kart Wii and started
I never really got used to using the wheel for Mario Kart Wii and stick with the regular controller. This probably worked better than the wheel because it required less arm movement.
Playing while riding definitely took some getting used to, but after 30 minutes or so, I really settled into a groove. It was funny because my pace seemed to fluctuate based on my playing. When I would crash or slow down for a curve, my spinning would slow down. When it was coming down to the wire at the end of a race, my spinning would rev up.
Gaming made the time fly by. After racing a few courses, I looked down and was shocked to see 40 minutes had already gone by. I finished a few more races to round it out to an hour workout.
The Wii even tracked my
playing workout time. Next time, I’ll probably bust out Super Smash Brothers or Super Mario Bros to change things up a bit. Our library even rents Wii games so I may have to look into that.
And now for the ewwww picture. I got off the trainer and noticed a puddle of sweat on the floor. Kinda hard to photograph, but it was a good sized puddle. Normally, I would have the trainer setup in the basement with a towel under it, but the Wii is setup upstairs so sacrifices had to be made.
After the ride, it was time for a
calorie replacement snack. I just need to structure all of my trainer rides to include video game playing and a follow up ice cream sundae and I’ll log some serious mileage this winter.
Jennie and I have a 5k tomorrow – The Yule Run, I’ll Walk 5k. It is a night run through the Nite Lights display which features over 1 million Christmas light, over 40 creative and animated displays, carolers on the course, and hot chocolate/cider at the finish. It should be a fun time.
Thanks for reading!