Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stuff I think of while on the trainer doing 5 minute intervals.

Last night I did a set of 5 minute intervals on the bike trainer. Most of the time these intervals are power based (trying to get near, at, or over threshold) but this workout was more cadence centric (keeping above 90rpm and see where the power ends up). I found though my mind wanders in a similar way no matter what the goal as these 5 minutes on, 1 minute off tick by. So there are some of the thoughts that went through my head (beware: some may be strange).

  • Each five minute interval always seem to last much longer than 5 minutes.
  • The later ones seem longer than the first except for the last one (which is only just as long as the first).
  • I hope I'm reaching the end when I look to see how much time is left in the interval and find there is over 4 minutes LEFT.
  • I'm not.
  • Did I count the number of intervals right? Don't want to do too many. Heavens forbid.
  • There must be something wrong with the power meter. (too low)
  • How can time slow down?
  • There can't be anything wrong with me, right?
  • My ability to perform arithmetic diminishes along with each interval.
  • If I did a 10 minute warm up and I'm 43 minutes in, which interval am I on?
  • Fail.
  • How come it seems to take 14 seconds for a drop of sweat to go from my head to the ground?
  • The only thing I remember from physics is that a pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of lead which weighs the same as a pound of sweat.
  • Biology is big B little b. Both my parents have brown eyes. I have green eyes. What happened there?
  • How much does a drop of sweat weigh?
  • Do I feel like I have to pee?
  • If not, I need to drink more.
  • Will the song on the ipod end before the interval?
  • When will the ipod's battery need to be recharged? Will it last until the last interval?
  • Will I?
  • I picked the wrong food to eat before this work out.
  • What's making that noise?
  • Never mind, it was me.
  • What's that smell?
  • Me again.
  • It really was the wrong food choice.
  • How am I going to be able to walk up the stairs after this workout?
  • I'll find a way.
  • Is five minutes up yet?
  • Three minutes, dayum.
  • The five minute cool down doesn't count.
  • It does?
  • But not for what you hope it does.
  • When (if?) the weather clears I will ride outside and do hill repeats.
  • That may be months away.
  • Al Gore has something to do with this weather.
  • He invented the Internet.
  • Hill repeats will make me look at these intervals as "enjoyable."
  • Then again, maybe not.


Anonymous said...

Al Gore also invented intervals...

Big Clyde said...

Sounds like your music is not loud enough. Crank it and quiet that active brain of yours!

Good job on the workout.

Anonymous said...

Intervals are hard. But, what satisfaction when you are done. Well done, keep working it.

Julie said...

Ha ha, you are so funny:) Good job and keep it up!!

Diane said...

LMAO. Nice work!

Sort of like me when I'm on the dreadmill. How can I run outside for and hour and the time flies, but on the dreadmill every 5 minutes is like eternity...

Tri Mommy said...

I love the brain traffic!

Jess said...

Hahahah my brain wanders like that too

Missy said...

I do the same thing. It's so hard NOT to look at the clock. Such a pain in the ass...but done, yes, they're done.

Alisa said...


I often have weird thoughts on the bike trainer too. I haven't been able to find a way to distract myself enough to NOT think about how much time is left.

Haha Al Gore...

Al's CL Reviews said...

Great post!
I think this way on the treadmill.

Philippe said...

OMG same thing over here :P
Just found your blog, good stuff so far!