Time to head to the Bike Torture Chamber.
Some call it a Man Cave or the Woodshed.
No matter how nice it is, it can be a very dark place.
When it is too cold or, unsafe to effectively train out doors, smart cyclists move indoors.
Now, you can call me weak and soft. Guilty. But, I did ride Sunday outside and have ridden in weather so cold my water bottles froze. Two words: Dirty Dozen. Nothing can match the benefit and fun of riding outside whatever the forecast.
But, when I ride indoors I go to what my wife and I refer to as the “Pain Cave”.
Two bikes, two trainers and some Metallica.
To outfit your own BTC you need a few things. You’ll need a bike, a trainer (or rollers if you hate fun) and a fan. A few extras would be a TV or laptop to watch a movie or training video and a bucket (if you really mean it). I also change the soft race tire on my rear wheel with a thick and heavy red trainer-specific tire. You could shred a tire in one session on a rugged trainer.
I have a room in my basement that is off of the laundry room that is 6’X9’. I painted it a cheery green and set a cabinet with a flat screen TV, DVD and a iPod dock. I have room for mine and my wife’s bikes set up on two magnetic resistance trainers with front wheel risers for stability. I have a sweat cover over my bike so I don’t rust the little steel that’s on by bike. There are three fans blowing full speed when we are in there.
“Riding a stationary bike is sooooo boring,” you say? Well, I found one way to make it memorable.
The Sufferfest is a series of training videos with a worldwide cult like following. I have the flag of Sufferladria flying in my BTC. You can go to their website and view BTCs from everywhere from Shanghai to Afghanistan to get some ideas.
The videos push threshold training to new heights. Or, they push suffering to new lows.
They show on screen cues and feature footage from real UCI road races like the Tour de France.
Just make sure you leave enough in your legs to climb the basement stairs.