Lucky warm weather day on the east coast today so I got up at 5am, got a few hours of work in and after lunch logged some miles outside on my fixed gear. A bit of head wind and 73 miles later I was pretty beat. I made it to the edge of the Chesapeake Bay on Tilghman Island at Black Walnut Point. Temps got up to 65, tonight they are calling for 1 inch of snow, go figure.
When I first got my fixed gear bike I thought that doing 20 miles much less 100 was going to be hard. I follow some fixed gear crazy riders on the west coast and started seeing them doing 70+mile rides and said to myself, “Clearly it can be done.” So today I started riding with a friend and when he needed to go home after about 75 miles I decided it was too nice out to go home so I kept on riding. Finished the day with 107 miles and a big steak. Fixie riding rocks.
I’m sitting in my kitchen at our house on the Eastern Shore of Maryland looking outside at snow on the ground, wind howling through the trees, wishing I was at our place in California, but being thankful that I have a trainer to ride in the warmth and comfort inside the house. But let’s face it, riding inside on a trainer is like watching glue dry, but I suck it up like everyone else as as part of training.
A gear-head bike friend, Jorge, told me about the new trainer that Wahoo was designing called the KICKR Power Trainer. I’ve been watching their site for it’s release and it looks like it is finally coming out. So why am I excited about of all things a trainer? Well, I like the idea of not having to use your own wheel and also the fact that you can ride courses and record your rides right from your iPhone vs. the old CompuTrainer way of having to have a windows computer hooked up and spending who knows how many hours configuring the thing.
The KICKR looks like it is going to be pretty cool. If I have to ride inside, I say I mind as well have some fun. Once I get it I will post some feedback on if it is as good as it sounds.