Goal: Ironman Canada

Days until race: 8 months and counting

Miles cycled on Cascade Fluidpro Bike Trainer: 60 miles
Miles cycled on Cascade CMXPro Power Exercise Bike: 220 miles

The cold weather has finally arrived. As you can imagine, getting any kind of motivation to go outside and train in -3°C (26°F) temperatures is about as difficult as opening a tin of beans with a teaspoon. But, the clock is ticking and with just one month until my serious training kicks in, it is time to get off my butt… or on it!

I’m thankful now I have an exercise bike and static trainer in my house, otherwise the cold weather could easily be an excuse for me to just sit on my bum and eat cake. I would be crazy to get on my bike in the dark and cold, right?

I’ve actually become a little fixated with the exercise bike to be honest. There’s just something so satisfying about seeing my forearms dripping with sweat… gross I know. At first I realized I was overdoing it a little. I would plug myself into my iPod, crank up the music and use the beats to alternate between fast paced runs both in and out of the saddle (at around 6-8) and some longer grinds with increased resistance (12-13).

I kept telling myself to limit my time at this stage to between 60 minutes and 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes on the static trainer (using this as my guide http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2013/05/six-months-to-ironman-a-basic-training-program.aspx#axzz3JYRqPZz3), but I found that each time I hit my goal I would look at the mileage and think, “well, if I just do another 13 miles it will be a nice round number.” This resulted in one session consisting of 45 minutes on the static trainer followed by 160 minutes on the exercise bike. And boy did I feel that the following day. But as I know from experience, I have yet to learn to listen to myself.

In all honesty, while the static trainer is great for time on the bike, the exercise bike has been helping my running. The last few runs have been longer and seemed easier than before; something I recall from my former power bike days. And aside from spinning, I haven’t altered a thing yet, not even my diet.  I must get on that. Now, where are those chocolate Brazil nuts?

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