By now I was supposed to be well into my transition from training indoors to training outside on long rides in preparation for riding in Dirty Kanza 200. In fact, I had a targeted this past weekend for my first outdoor century ride of the year. Instead, I spent more time spinning indoors and virtually “racing” the 2017 editions of Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. Spoiler alert! I didn’t win.
Why I’m Not Training Outside Right Now
The weather is cold and windy here in Maine right now, but that’s not why I’m still training indoors. I have cold weather cycling clothing and I did get to ride outside a few times a few weeks ago. The reason I’m staying inside to train is because I can’t in good conscience go ride outside right now knowing that if I did have a significant accident that I’d be putting additional strain on an already strained hospital in my community. Italy, Spain, and France have placed temporary bans on recreational cycling for the same reason.
So while I would like to go ride outside. I’ll just keep spinning away indoors until we can resume “normal” life.
How I’m Training Indoors
For the most part I’m training indoors following a program from Training Peaks. As I mentioned a few months ago, I have a fairly unique ability to just put my head down and do whatever intervals are prescribed in the training plan. But even that has been tested lately.
What I’ve been doing lately is in addition to following my prescribed training plan I’m playing highlight reels and or full replays of some of the biggest cycling races in the world. YouTube is fantastic source for those videos. Last weekend I rode along with the 2017 editions of Strade Bianche and Milan-San Remo. This evening I plan to “ride” the last 35km of the 2018 edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.
Last week I published some tips about working in isolation or working remotely for extended periods of time. One of the tips was to get up and at least walk around for a little bit to reset your mind and break up the monotony of looking at a screen for hours on end. Doing that also helps you refocus on what you have to do that day versus what is a distraction coming in from an outside source like email that isn’t urgent or a social media interaction which is never urgent.
What are you doing?
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