How to Warm Up for a Bike Ride on the Road…

… When You’ve Been Using the Indoor Trainer

After the warmest and driest December known to mankind, we finally got some cold, drizzly days in January. Being spoiled to sunny weather, we were gonna get out of shape, and fast. But then Brent put a bike on the trainer upstairs. I was the first to try it out, opting to listen to Classic Rock on Pandora rather than watch a video of a virtual ride or spin class.

A bunch of my stuff migrated upstairs… spare gloves, a water bottle, the old Garmin and a couple of sensors. And one piece of outdoor equipment you still need, even inside: the road shoes with cleats that clip onto the pedals. I did a 30-minute workout, not very strenuous except for two all-out intervals.

Yesterday we had sunshine and temps around 60, so I decided to get in a short ride on the road. Ya gotta warm up, right? Here, for your edification, was my warmup routine:

  1. Decide to use the water bottle from the trainer bike. Run upstairs to get it; run back down.
  2. Realize phone is also upstairs. Run up to get it; run back down.
  3. Go outside to get shoes from their shelf in the garage. Realize shoes are also upstairs. Run up to get them; run back down.
  4. Reach for Garmin bike computer; wonder why it isn’t in its usual place.
  5. Remember you took the new Garmin upstairs to look up some setup instructions online. Run up to get it from your desk; run back down.
  6. By this time, your heart rate is in Zone 3 and you are ready to roll!

You’re welcome.

Your turn:

Does anyone else get discombobulated by any change in routine? Anyone still dating stuff “2021”?

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Thanks for reading,


About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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1 Response to How to Warm Up for a Bike Ride on the Road…

  1. undebtedly says:

    This is funny.



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