With my foot injury, I have been doing some serious biking – all on the trainer. This week alone, I did 6 trainer rides totally 11 hours and 15 minutes. This translates to roughly 210 miles. I don’t yet have a bike computer for my new bike so I estimated the mileage based on a conservative 18mph-19mph average depending on the ride. Regardless of the conversion, it is the most time I have spent on the bike period. I had couple weeks at around 10 hours on the bike last year but they were all outside. My next highest weekly time spent on the trainer was around 6 hours.
I’ve killed the time by watching whatever I can find on Netflix; The Social Network (Loved it), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Book was way better), Freakonomics: The Movie (Interesting translation from the book, but again, the book was better), multiple episodes of my new favorite show out of the BBC – Top Gear, and a couple (dozen) episodes of The Office to fill in the gaps. I’ve also squeezed in some Kindle reading, although it is a bit more difficult on the P2 than it was with my road bike and clip-on aero bars.
Yesterday and today, I was a bit spoiled. We had to make an unplanned trip to the in-laws. Not wanting to miss out on training, I brought my bike with me. My father-in-law has a CycleOps trainer that I used for my two rides. Wow! What a difference compared to my cheapo trainer. It was silent compared to mine and such a smooth ride. With Spring right around the corner (hopefully), it doesn’t make much sense to upgrade now. I think a new trainer is going to end up on my Christmas list for next year though.
On my ride today, I got to thinking. In the Tour de France, the King of the Mountains gets the maillot à pois rouge (the polka dot jersey)
(photo courtesy of www.bbc.co.uk)
So, what should the jersey for King of the Trainer be? Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce the maillot pour les fous (Jersey for Crazy People*).
The only thing I have figured out yet is how to steer. Thankfully, on the trainer, steering isn’t necessary. Perhaps Fat Cyclist can adopt this for the annual Hundred Miles to Nowhere ride.
Onto a quick injury update. I am tentatively planning on attempting another run this week. I still have a bit of pain if I squeeze my foot, but otherwise, I am pain free. If it gives me any trouble on the run, I am content with sticking to biking and swimming only for another week. Surprisingly, I am handling the my inability to run better than I thought I would. I thought that I would go completely crazy and that hasn’t been the case (unless you consider 11 hours on the trainer crazy). The crappy weather has made it a bit easier to skip running, but I still want to get back to it ASAP.
Alright, now that the training stuff is out of the way I can move on to the real reason you all keep coming back to this blog – Bailey pictures. Bailey did very well on his first long car ride to the in-laws this weekend. Once we got on the highway, he curled up and slept at Jennie’s feet the entire way.
*Thanks to Google Translate for the translation. Hopefully it is correct.