|Having a swell time|
The article in the paper described the training set-up and training routine of our national team in preparation for the Tour De France. The team captain, a yellow jersey wearer himself and the rest of the team look like they are having a terrific time sitting on their stationary bikes and with loads of electrodes and wires and cables snaking from their fantastically fit bodies to sophisticated electronic monitors.
As you can see from the photo, my set-up is somewhat less elaborate. It still does the job of monitoring my heartrate, keeping me cool, timing me and the DVD player keeps me amused while exercising in the basement. The other thing in the basement that keeps me amused is the trainer that I ride on. It is simply made up of two rails that support three nylon rollers that the wheels of the bike fit snugly onto. It takes numerous tries to determine the correct speed to begin pedaling. Press too hard on the pedals and the bike flings itself off the rollers. Don't press hard enough and you have no forward momentum to keep you upright.
|One set of rollers|
A fellow at United Cycle told me about how some bicycle trainers he knows can hop from one set of rollers to another, pedal for a while and then hop back to the first. It is all I can do to stay upright and on the rollers. When I lose concentration and my bike inevitably careens off the trainer, the entertainment unit that appeared so far away comes charging at me very quickly at 10 miles per hour!
Someone from up above will shout down the basement stairwell "We heard a lot of crashing and breaking sounds - are you alright?"