Valentine’s Day Gift to Us Both

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February 12, 2008 at 8:40 am

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No, we don’t customarily exchange Valentine’s Day gifts (hello, 19 years together!). This year, however, it is fitting that our newest exercise gear–gear that we both anticipate getting a lot of use out of to help us achieve our respective health and fitness goals–is scheduled to be delivered February 14-19th. For our money, it’s one of the best gifts we could get one another, yielding both a healthier, fitter spouse and an equally healthier and fitter self.

What did we buy?

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#1 is an indoor bicycle trainer (what you attach your favorite bike to so you can ride it indoors, as a stationary bicycle,)

#2 is a climbing block (what you use to raise your bike’s front wheel when it’s attached to the trainer, either to make it level or set the bike at an inline.)

In an , I’d mentioned some of my challenges at getting into a road cycling routine

and, more recently (October 2007), my brother-in-law (BIL) have. When I posted that entry, I was sick and wouldn’t have been in any shape to ride indoors any more than I was to do so outdoors; however, the more common scenario is that I have an opportunity to hop on the bike but can’t join Justin and my BIL because I need to stay with Sara. (We don’t always have someone

conveniently available to watch her.)

Anyway, I cashed in my entire collection of Amazon.com gift certs so we could purchase the trainer early (before hubby’s performance bonus deposits to our account), in part because it’s killing me that I’ve had to miss two of the past three weekends of rides. I’ve had a rockin’ new road bike since late December ‘07, and have only been able to take it out twice. Sad, right? At least with it on a trainer, I can put some mileage on it (and, more importantly, my cardiovascular system) any time I want.

Can’t wait for it to arrive and set it up!

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Let us know how you like it as my friends (lower priced model) just sits in his closet. He told me that riding indoors is just not the same and he can’t do it. I’ve been thinking about borrowing it, but then I don’t have a favorite bike just yet. (been thinking about one but I get lost each time I start looking … I should have looked at the model that I used in the Canadian Rockies a bit more carefully as it was great — although it could have just been the area?)

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Any bike with a viable frame will work on a bike trainer–just in case waiting for the perfect bike acts as a stumbling block to borrowing the trainer and taking it for a spin (pun intended.)

I used to do 40 minutes to 1 hour on our indoor rowing machine 4+ times a week (coincided with being in the best shape of my life–no mystery, there.) The right music to get a good cadence, and it was no biggie (until the last 5 minutes, or the last 10 in an hour-long session.)

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P.S. Rich — your friend might want to try out rollers, if he hasn’t yet. I didn’t know what they were until

over on vox mentioned he might pick up some rollers for training and I had to Google “rollers + trainer” to figure out what he was referring to:

Given my experience, or rather LACK thereof, with clipless pedals I already know for a fact rollers aren’t something I’m ready to deal with.

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