Stuck inside for the next few days; Bought a dedicated trainer tire.
With Lisa and her parents out of town and no other family within 1,000 miles, I’m going to be doing a lot of indoor training over the next few days. If something serious were to happen to me while I was out riding Loki would would be alone with no way to get food, his critical medication or water. It may sound like I’m being overly-cautious, but Loki is 17 years old, requires twice-daily medication and plenty of fresh water (the meds he is on make him very thirsty). I can’t bear the thought of Loki being in medical trouble, hungry, thirsty and all alone, so I’m not just not going to take any chances.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I’m going to use this time to focus on my cycling training. Riding indoors on my fluid trainer is, of course, not nearly as much fun as getting outside and riding, but the workouts I’m doing right now are definitely making me a stronger rider. I’m going to focus on that positive aspect and try not to think about how much I’d rather be doing the “Horrible Hundred” this weekend. I actually had to stop reading the Horrible Hundred thread on the “We Must Be Crazy” cycling club message board because I was feeling so left out. I hope all the Crazies have an amazing day. I’ll be there in spirit.
I’ve been putting so many miles in on my indoor trainer that I had to reconsider the wisdom (or lack thereof) of not having a dedicated trainer tire for my road bike. I don’t want to prematurely wear out my rear road tire, and so I picked up a relatively inexpensive Tacx Trainer Tire for 35 bucks. I would have bought the Continental Ultra Sport trainer tire, but it’s 10 bucks more than the Tacx and isn’t available with free 2-day Amazon Prime shipping (I’m an Amazon Prime junkie–it’s an amazing deal). The Tacx tire is well-reviewed, so I figured why not give it a try? If I don’t like it I’ll get the Continental tire next time.
I’ve also decided that there’s not much point in buying a dedicated rear wheel and cassette for the trainer. Swapping the trainer tire and road tire back and forth only takes a few minutes, and it’s not like the wheel and cassette are getting beat up on the trainer.
Yesterday I gave my legs a break and hit my upper body with a good weight training workout. I’m glad I did: the workout felt great, and my legs appreciated the rest.
I need to get breakfast going, I’m starving! Train hard!