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turbos .... boring

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by 02GF74, 25 Jan 2008.

  1. 02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    what do yo do to prevent the mind boring numbness? I can't stand it......

    not sure I would be able to hear a walkman above the din of the flywheel and fan so what do you suggest?
     
  2. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    I tried reading once but I couldn't concentrate on reading and cycling at the same time. And the book got soaked in sweat. And I kept dropping it.

    Set your turbo up in a lively part of town on a friday night an' watch the world go by? Set it up on the back of a truck and get someone to drive you around? Find drugs that give you short-term memory loss so it's always a novelty? Attach a chess computer to the bars?

    Alternatively you could watch TV. Or DVDs (subtitles handy here)

    Loaded? VR trainer?

    Most people listen to music I hear.
     
  3. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cyprus
    Yep, they are woeful - that's why most people only use them when they absolutely have to. I can't take more than about 40mins of the torture

    I use mine in my garage - with the music playing LOUD.
     
  4. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Not got my turbo yet....but I will be using it to unwind after work and train.
    Deffo want one though and hopefully on Monday I'll be placing my order for one.
    I will try a combo of DVD or music........but I think I could get distracted by a film and start to slow down......I suppose music is easier to get you motivated.
     
  5. col

    col Veteran

    I dont have a turbo,but i have a treadmill,and i find the tv and dvd's help pass the time.
     
  6. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Although it's not as good as the real thing, I have found it invaluable in keeping me going when I otherwise might have stopped.

    You need to get into a turbo mindset and break it down into say 5 minute groupings. So for 5 mins you warm up, then gear change and do another 5. Then the next 5 at a faster cadence or HR, then steady, then 5 fast etc... If you do this the time passes quicker. Music and DVD/channel 4/BBC downloads are what I use but they are more background and once I get to the end I've got my head down and my teeth gritted in an effort to keep the same cadence/speed, that's my method anyway but I still can't manage more than an hour.
     
  7. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Sounds like a good method to me.
    Time intervals are great for training your sprint speed and hill climbing.;)
    I think I'll be the same....just knuckle down and not think of it as boring and being in the right mindframe will help you train more efficiently.
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Mine is in the garage - rarely use it as I commute. If on the Turbo, I'll listen to my mp3 - get some headphones with rubbery ear plugs - great for exercise as they don't fall out.
     
  9. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    I was in Decathlon, and they had one set up. Some kids had been on it, and when they were standing close i decided to show them how it was done. So i got on, but after about 3mins i was completely bored.
    You could always attach a keyboard onto your handlebars some how, have a big PC screen infront of you and surf the internet as you go along.
    They should make some videos where there is a camera on the front of a bike, so as you ride, and look at the TV you could try and feel like your riding it.
    Ofcourse that probably wouldnt work, but it might be good to try.
     
  10. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    The thing that keeps me going is I open the bathroom window (I set mine up between the bath and the crapper) so I can see the rain. Then I can think, "ok, it's dull. It hurts. And it's dull. But I don't hafta clean the bike after". If it isn't raining this method isn't quite so effective.

    Something like Crackles' approach works for me. I have to decide in advance what I'm going to do, and when, start the timer and stick to the program.
     
  11. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    I use a program of intervals that I have written down in front of me. Each interval is no more than 3 mins but the complete session can last up to 1 hr. This keeps my mind interested and prevents boredom. I also have the radio on for background noise but don't really listen to it. I could never just sit and pedal for an hour.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    02GF74

    02GF74 Über Member

    so basically everyone is in the same boat, whcih is nice to know.


    1 hour!!?! :sad: just over 15 mins is all I can manage. thing with headphones is that once the sweat starts to pour out, they tend to pop of of my ears.

    at the moment doing intervals to see how hogh I can push my heart rate :ohmy: although that novelty is going to wear off or I'll end up in hospital.......

    defo need to make some training plan.
     
  13. Bonno

    Bonno Über Member

    Location:
    Tiptree
    Yes, got the i-magic with fortius upgrade and race a few times a week against other riders downloaded rides. The site for racing is http://www.virtualcycling.org/Application directory/VCF2007/
    It's really addictive and i did a race last week of 56 miles which took me 2hr 12 minutes !!!!
    You can even ride real life videos of famous races, Tour of Lombardy for eg.
    Highly recommend it, i hardly go out on the road now !!!:smile:
     
  14. Absinthe Minded

    Absinthe Minded Veteran

    I watch porno - it's great.
     
  15. stevenb

    stevenb New Member

    Location:
    South Beds.
    Had my first session on my new Turbo since I got mine on Tuesday. Did just over 50 mins.....no probs.....just paced myself (albeit a fast constant) with moderate to fast sprints. Had the music going.....sweated buckets....but feel better for it than a normal bike ride...in terms of fitness workout. :evil:
    I just focused my mind......I even thought that there was no way I could do 30 mins...let alone what I did.....but getting into a good rhythm worked for me.