As I started pedaling this morning, I realized I haven't blogged about my updated man-cave, as Training Payne(s) would call it. I'll have to take some pics to show you around and will post a short video further down where you can see some of it, but suffice to say I've got some motivational posters / pictures around, some music set up, as well as a nice floor fan to keep things cool. Worthy of note, is my Ironman World Championship postcard from Training Payne stuck on the wall next to the "miracle' poster. He better be impressed I kept it. Computrainer is rigged to perfection and is an amazing piece of innovation. I can't wait for the next s/w release to come out, supposedly this fall.
Any other CT riders out there know there are 3 ways to use the machine:
- As a an ergometer - constant resistance defined by the rider in watts
- As a rider on a about 50 different 3D computer generated courses - tons of the 70.3's you are familiar with as well as Iron distance events. The view you get isn't what you'd see in real life, but the resistance profile (hills / flats / descents, etc) mirrors that of the race you can select from.
- As an Interactive Real Course Video, which, IMO, is the most creative way to ride. You pedal the course and the resistance profile in the same fashion as if you were there. So, you can see the hill coming and feel the resistance increase once you get to it. Similarly, when you crest, the resistance drops and you can visually see the descent coming, then feel the resistance drop and speed increase. Way too cool!
If you read my blog a few weeks ago, you'll remember I had the most ridiculous back accident. Here are the details. I'm still not 100% but am testing the waters (no pun intended vis a vis last weekend's swim clinic) and went for a 'first' run yesterday and biked today. I can honestly say I lose my fitness pretty quick! My plan is to run M-W-F and bike Tues - Thurs and whatever I do on the weekend is bonus. We'll start traveling for alpine skiing every weekend in about a month anyway. Come January, I start a 3 night/week swim program and a formalized / coached training program. My first marathon is planned for the end of May/11 and of course, IM FL in Nov/11. Psyched for both is an understatement.
Let me leave you with this early morning iPhone video of the CT in action. Happy training, peeps!