Day 61: Indoor training: benefits and drawbacks

5 03 2010

An interesting article was in the New York Times yesterday on the benefits and drawbacks of indoor training during winter months.

What type of training do you do during the winter? Do you train indoors on a stationary trainer or do you brave the elements and ride outdoors even when the weather is nasty?

Personally, I find indoor training extremely boring. Cycling indoors on my stationary trainer or rollers does not even compare to riding outdoors, but I do prefer riding indoors when it’s cold out (and I much prefer the rollers to the stationary trainer). I’m still pretty slow on the rollers, but I’m improving. (At least I can let go of the wall now and ride with both hands on the bike.) It’s nice to not have to put on layers of clothing in preparation to ride outside in winter. It can be 10 degrees outside, but when I ride indoors, I can put on bike shorts and a t-shirt and I’m ready to roll.

It’s nice to have an alternative during cold weather or rainy days, but I’d much rather ride outdoors any day.

Today’s starting weight: 151

Food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic whole wheat english muffin with Nutella = 294 cal.

Lunch:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 163
— Small baked potato with butter = 163
— Iced tea = 0

Dinner:
— French toast = 595
— Iced tea = 0

Snack:
— Fat free chocolate pudding cup = 60

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.

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