Fully clothed? Or, in your undies? Inside, outside, trainers or treadmills? Whatever it takes!
These questions come up a lot this time of year. Can I take it inside? Is it ok to get on my trainer or treadmill?
First and foremost, what matters is staying motivated and doing the work – If taking it inside ensures you do the work then HELL YES.
More importantly –
Go where you have to go and do what you have to do to keep your training mojo flowing.
Would you rather grind out a miserable workout on the treadmill vs being a little cold bounding through the snow?
Would you rather be in the comfort of your home or gym enjoying the music than slipping and sliding on icy roads? In either case there is a right answer for you so go do it.
In Colorado, right now the weather is all over the place – snowy and cold for a few days then 60 degrees for a couple of days.
I admit its hurt my training mojo lately and I’ve been looking for a bit of inspiration.
I decide to join the online community and Zwift-up. I wasn’t sure if this would be the fresh perspective I needed but I suspected the peer pressure, group dynamic and no weather excuse would get me going.
I spent 90 minutes setting up my new Cyclops Hammer trainer, adding a cog set, getting my TV in the right location and linking my phone to the big screen.
My plan was to get set up last night so today I could get my first ride out of the way.
Once set up I needed to sync the trainer to the app. I didn’t want to get my jeans caught on my big ring so I slipped them off and donned my cycling cleats. (Standing in your cleats and underwear is a unique benefit to indoor/home training). Just needing a few pedal strokes to get the power meter and heart rate monitor synced up I spun off.
Before I knew it, I was chasing to catch a group that had just zwifted by. One thing led to another and suddenly I crossed the start line of a KOM (King of the Mountain) climb. I peeled off my t-shirt and off I went, no idea how long the climb or how the hell to pace myself. (The answer is 30 full minutes and I went out way to hard. Imagine that!)
Two take aways – one I’m sure my neighbors wondered what the hell I was doing on my bike in nothing but my undies – two – the reality of the climbing grades, scenery and motivation to make the summit was awesome. My mojo was back, just like that!
Thereby reinforcing exactly what I said above.
Find whatever it takes to get you motivated and keep your training mojo flowing.
Specific workouts matter, what matters more though is keeping it fun, staying motivated and being consistent in your training. Inside, outside, fully clothed or in your undies. Whatever it takes.
When you are ready to take it to the next level and get professional coaching and motivation I am here to help you Amaze Your Self!
Yours in the Outdoors
(and indoors too)