Showing off the bike trainer

Seriously – I love all of you out there!  I was a bit of a whiner yesterday and many thoughtful emails and comments were made.  Funny how you can never meet some people in real life and you just know they have your back 😀

I was up early this morning on the trainer.  Did 1 hour and rode 18 miles.  It was nice because I wasn’t out in the frost, I had tunes on (really weird while biking), and I could ride in just a sports bra if I felt like it (which I didn’t today).  My worse fear was that I would wake John up in the next room, but he sleeps right through it. Yay!

I had eaten some dates before and during the ride for fuel – then it was time for breakfast!

That’s the stuff.  I was thinking about giving myself an extra challenge to do 2 no-added sugar days this week per April’s suggestion.  I started with that yesterday, but then had some chocolate.  So today it was!

I worked today. Although one of my clinics was closed for the holiday, the others were open (or at least had a back log of work).    Thank you to all of the veterans and current serving military for all that you do for us!

Took a lunch break for some nice comfort food!  Baked breaded shrimp and hot sauce, plus a serving of grits!

That is a wedge of laughing cow on there, not a pat of butter, although that would be tasty…

Now that I finally have some pics – here is the bike trainer.  John and I got 2 different ones, as we each bought our own separately.  I went with a Schwinn because the reviews were good and the price was right.  This was on sale for less than $100.

Both set up in the spare bedroom. The towel is for the sweat – I am sure I have mentioned that I sweat.  A lot.  It’s even worse when there is no breeze to dry you off. 🙄

The back tire axle sits in the trainer and screws in.

They supplied an axle which fits this trainer, which was easy peasy to swap out.  Tire didn’t have to come off or anything.  It’s just like a long pin.

The back wheel sits on this roller, and the knob below is how you adjust the resistance.  You can still change gears with the bike and you will change the pedal speed, but not the actual resistance.  That’s nice for variety.

The front tire sits on a block (which was purchased separately for $15.  My block has 3 different sizes for different heights.  I also like the stability of 3 sides.

Nice view at the front of the bike 😀

My trainer is actually much quieter than John’s is.  There will be some friction noise because you have a wheel running on another wheel, but not really bad.  If you have studded or rough tires, it will make more noise.  The weird thing about it is when you stop pedaling, the tires stop pretty much right away.  Not like while real riding where you can lift yourself off the seat to take break and coast or adjust your nether region.  I feel kind of cool because I can now ride hands free like the pros do LOL!

I was able to swap out my bike computer from the front wheel to the back wheel.  Obviously won’t work on the front wheel as it doesn’t go around…  I can actually go a lot faster on the trainer than I can in real life, too.  Not sure why that is.  I really am so glad I got this!  Now I can do more than just run in the winter 😀

Afternoon snack of a latte in the sun:

Not pictured are the pretzel sticks I had.

Was busy with work and couldn’t quite finish before dinner.  Booo.  So, I took a break and fixed a plate.  Standard and easy – gotta love it!

That’s hot sauce at 2 meals today. :mrgreen:

After I finished up work, we headed out to relax a little at Panera – where I am currently posting from.  I would have loved a baked good, but I figured I hadn’t had any added sugar all day, so I would just stick with coffee.

Although in hindsight I supposed I could have had a butter croissant!

I had to take this picture of John.  He didn’t know I did it either.  He was working on a math problem and looked so serious about it.

So serious!  He is incredibly smart.  Other than just for marrying me…

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21 thoughts on “Showing off the bike trainer

  1. Lisa

    I don’t remember which Bike Trainer we have but it’s neon green. 🙂

    It’s a great alternative when the weather gets nasty. Having a 50 inch flat screen helps. 😉 Otherwise it would be very very boring.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Mexican Crockpot Chicken =-.

  2. MizFit

    love the trainers.
    I went to school in ohio with LOTS of avid cyclists and the first time I saw one of those in a boyfriends room I thought it was the neatest thing ever.

    the 18th time he choose pedaling there over drinking with my outofshapeself I didnt think it so cool 🙂
    .-= MizFit´s last blog ..Rebranding Tsubo-style =-.

  3. Lori (too!)

    I stumbled across your blog (and bookmarked it) when I read about you on What an inspiration you are! I have been spending quite a bit of time looking at your archives and actually feel hopeful that I can get these 70 pounds off!

    Great job and thank you so much!
    (another) Lori
    .-= Lori (too!)´s last blog ..Junk food diet =-.

  4. Amy

    Very cool bike trainer!
    I was just catching up on your posts and I can’t believe those people left all those stupid comments about the AOL article, how mean spirited! I hope you won’t take it to heart and let it get you down. When things like that happen to me I always try to remember what I read in “The Four Agreements”: don’t take anything personally. When people are mean it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Day of Thanks 10 =-.

  5. Joanne

    That trainer sounds pretty good. I don’t need a fancy one. Ted might need a more elaborate trainer since he has more bike experience but I’ll let him pick and drop the Christmas gift idea.

    Good thing you didn’t don the sports bra and workout. If you woke John up, you my not have been able to get the 18 miles in with out him getting all excited about his half dressed wife working away on the bike. Be careful about that. 🙂

    TGIF! It looks like it’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL one.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Address the Pain and Piggy Pats =-.

  6. Fran

    The bike trainer looks very cool! Great that you can still bike now during Winter.

    Great pic of John!

    How did you like the bagel in my post?

  7. Ang

    You are making me want a bike trainer! Looks like a great investment!

    Don’t let those idiots get you down! You inspire people every single day and they are obviously lacking something in themselves or they wouldn’t feel the need to be so cruel and mean spirited! Just remember you have a huge fan club and they don’t! 🙂
    .-= Ang´s last blog ..New Cafe in Town! =-.

  8. Jody - Fit at 52

    Lori, I am not a bike person but that trainer looks very cool! I might even try it if I had one. I don’t like the lifecycle & don’t really like riding biles & especially here in southern CA. If I had to do it due to injuries, I would though. 😉

    John.. very serious stuff! 🙂
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Healthy Frozen Pumpkin Mousse Pie =-.

  9. Pubsgal

    1. Yep, we’ve got your back. No one messes with our Lori!

    2. LOVE the bike trainer! Glad you got one for winter. We have a stationary bike, and it’s probably safer to have with the kids climbing all over it (we can lower the seat to their level), and it actually is a better simulator for real riding than the spin bikes at the gym. Probably because I don’t turn the resistance high enough, whereas the program settings do that for me! 😉 But the seat isn’t as comfortable as my bike, and the trainer just seems so much simpler and more elegant of a solution.

    3. Hurrah for our smart guys!
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..2010 Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Run =-.

  10. blackhuff

    I so want to get one of these bike trainers for my bike because when the weather is yucky, I can bike inside. But they cost R1500 ($218) here which a bit steap for me at the moment.
    .-= blackhuff´s last blog ..Conquering it =-.

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