*moment of silence*
If you know me, you know this was a very, very sad day. Because I do A LOT of riding on my trainer and not just in the winter. In fact I do pretty much all of my sessions other than my long rides on the trainer even when it's nice and sunny outside and the temps are a beautiful 80 degrees.
Well partly because there aren't a ton of great options around my house suitable for interval work (read: miles of uninterrupted roads with relatively low traffic) and also because it's too hilly where I live to get in a TRUE recovery ride (read: 75W or less). But mostly I use the trainer so often because it's like the track for running - a place where you can get very repeatable results (read: conditions are always the same) and where you can just put your head down, close your eyes and GO!
So yes, when my trainer bit the dust a few weeks back, I was in mourning. It was a Tacx and it basically had an electronic meltdown (read: there were sparks and I feared a house fire). HOWEVER, once I got over my sadness (and dug out my old fluid trainer from the depths of our basement), I realized this was actually a great opportunity. Because, you see, I've always REALLY wanted a CompuTrainer, but just could not justify getting a new trainer if I had a perfectly fine working one in my possession.
I immediately got in touch with the very awesome people of CompuTrainer and not too much after that, this showed up at my door step:
That was about 5 weeks ago. I will say, it was love at first sight, but since then my love has only grown deeper.
Awesome things about the CompuTrainer (vs any other trainer on this planet):
1) There are SOOOO many options! You can ride hundreds of different courses. Or you can tell it how many watts you want to ride and that sucker will hold you to it (trust me, it cannot be swayed). Or you can race your friends (haven't done that yet but it's only a matter of time) with the multi-rider option. Or you can work on your pedal stroke with the spin scan. It's really a very, very nice tool to help you improve your cycling in any number of ways. So far I've done big gear work, high cadence work, ridden long intervals on a race course that I'm about to race on. Really it doesn't get much better than that!
2) It was super easy to set up. Really, even I could figure it out and I'm pretty much not smart in anything electronic or anything that requires tools. No wait, it didn't even require any tools! And look at this awesome cadence sensor - nothing to glue or tape to your bike, you simply place this "puck" under your pedal and it reads your cadence flawlessly!
|The puck is the red thing sitting on the floor. Pretty cool.|
Of course there are a lot of other great benefits - if you don't already ride with power the CompuTrainer will obviously give you this feature (best tool to improve cycling in my opinion), I hear these babies last FOREVER (I think Jen Harrison has had her CompuTrainer for 10,000 years), they are actually very quiet while you are riding (making Oscar very happy when I'm riding at 5 in the morning).... The list goes on and on.
So the moral of the story is - if you are in the market for a new trainer, I would HIGHLY recommend going with a CompuTrainer. Heck, even if you AREN'T in the market, consider how much better a CompuTrainer would be than your current trainer (I really wish I would have got my hands on one earlier!)!! And don't be surprised when it's snowing outside and you're actually kind of glad that you get to ride inside... ;)