Let’s face it, biking inside can be very boring and not very motivating. I could never push myself to ride if I would just be on my bike pedaling endlessly. Now, you’ve got options. And I tried them. I tried a spin class for the first time, and of course, Zwift has changed the way we ride inside. HIIT timers can make your training more structured, and your times will benefit. (Spoiler alert: They are all great options) There are many other choices to look into as well, that better track your progress than riding on a trainer alone. Let’s get into it!
1. Spin Class
You saw this coming. Spin classes have been crazy popular lately, and with good reason. I tried one for the first time a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I liked how structured it was, and the actual ~human interaction~ was a benefit. I quickly noticed though that some teachers are better than others. Try many different ones if possible and then pick the class with your favorite teacher and the best length of time for you. I’ve found my favorite and I love it! It’s a change of pace than that of my pain cave, but a positive one. I enjoy the separated segments of sprints, “running” and normal riding and the connection to the music… It keeps you on your toes! One definite con though, is that you need to leave the house and pack a bag just to do a ride. Though that’s inconvenient, It’s well worth a try if you find yourself bored of riding on a trainer.
I’ve mentioned zwift a million times before, but I can’t not mention it once more. It changed the way I ride, and now I can’t live without it. I love the competitive aspect and the sprint and KOM segments. The virtual hills and climbs add another dimension that simulates riding outside, and challenges such as the Everest elevation challenge are so much fun and motivate me. It tracks tons of different stats as well. Once you get past the fact that you need a monthly subscription and a solid setup, it is life-changing.
3. Timers & Segments
Here’s a great hack: download a free HIIT Timer and use it to break up your rides into segments. The setup of a HIIT timer is action time and rest time typically, but I use the action time as either sprint or standing, and the rest time as normal, endurance riding. These intervals help you improve your sprinting and climbing as well as keeping you a ton less bored. I typically use this technique alongside Zwift for an all around GREAT ride.
Bonus: Always Keep up with PRs!
If you find yourself doing the same distances over and over, be sure to take note of your times and keep them somewhere such as a planner or document where you can easily update or have a look at them. This will help you see your improvement and motivate you to go just a bit faster to beat your best time! In the end, you are your own competition.
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