Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yarg. Four Hour Trainer Rides Stink But Good Conversation Rules

Biking home from kickboxing the other night, I stood up on the pedals to go up and over a bridge and whammo! I got a cramp on my instep that stopped me cold. It went away, thought nothing of it, but it's been plaguing me ever since. Damned aging body.

So the weekend long ride/long run was down the toilet. Can't run at all, foot hurts too much. Couldn't really ride as hills hurt too much and there are NO flat rides here. So yeah. Four hours on the trainer. Suckaroo! I don't know how people train for early season IMs by doing all their long rides indoors. Really, this is seppuku territory here.

Luckily, I watched In the Valley of Elah with Mackenzie while I was riding the second half. That was a damned fine movie with some very subtle themes that provided good discussion fodder. I've wanted to see it for quite awhile now. Having a very thoughtful and interesting almost-14 year old is pretty cool. He is very introspective and likes to think about how things work (not just mechanical or computery things, but plots, stories, people, etc.) which makes him an excellent movie-watching and discussion companion. We're also book buddies, currently both reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas right now and discussing. We've been delving pretty heavily into the Holocaust in recent months. I wondered when that might come up in our homeschooling, and apparently this is the appropriate age. But that's probably a whole book-length post for my homeschooling blog on another day!

As for me, I'll be darned happy if I can get off this trainer this week, and actually run as well. One of these years, I might have to give up these dangerous sports ;-)

5 comments:

Marv said...

Hope you don't have to do that too much longer...sounds like a punishment tour to me...or it would be for me...

Caratunk Girl said...

That is a long time on the trainer!! Holy smokes!

jtrimom said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I think I would be half crazy if I had to be on the trainer for that long. I have mental strength- I do out a backs on my local hike bike trail to complete my long bike, BUT! I get so ANGRY on the trainer after like 90 min. you're awesome!

Julie said...

What kind of trainer do you recommend? I have one, but it doesn't ride smoothly at all. It's a Cycle Ops. Any suggestions?

Robin said...

I have a CycleOps fluid trainer and I really like it. It's fairly smooth and quiet, it folds so it's easy to store and to take with me.