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Three Indoor Triathlon Bike Trainer Boredom Busters

Triathlon Bike Boredom Busters |

Nothing beats down my motivation to train for my triathlon like a cold and rainy day. Instead of gearing up and going for it, I’d rather stay inside and eat Jess’ fresh baked bread all day long.

Triathlon Bike Boredom Busters |

On top of the fact that I’m prone to seasonal affective disorder and a rainy day makes me want to mope around in my slippers next to the space heater. But now, compound that with the brain-numbing boredom of the indoor bike trainer!

Boredom is a motivation killer…

So, in order to muster up enough motivation to, not just do my triathlon bike workout, but actually have a good and productive one, I had to dig deep within the frozen ground of my personal motivation.

Here’s 3 Ways to Conquer Bike Trainer Boredom

Handy tool number one… Do you have a TV show that you are almost too embarrassed to admit you like watching? This is the perfect opportunity to catch up on those episodes that you’ll usually feel guilty wasting time on. The best part is, you can probably fit in at least 2-3 shows during your workout.

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Bonus Tip: Sprint during the commercials. And since Hulu barrages you with so many commercials, you’ll get a great interval workout in without hardly realizing it.

Handy boredom-buster number two…

If you’re anything like me, you’d agree that there is never enough time in the day. There are way too many things on the to-do list, but more importantly, there are way too many things that I’d rather be doing. So I like to multi-task when I bike. (that is right! Jess, are you impressed?!)

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By far, the best way to multitask is to: Listen to audio books. Here’s my thought process on this. It’s hard to justify taking an hour or more out of a busy day to train for a triathlon, right? And there’s so many good books that I’d love to read, but don’t usually make the time to sit down and read them.

Solution!? Kill two time-sucking birds with one iPod. is so awesome for finding new audio books because of the user reviews and free samples. Get lost in a book… and your workout will be over before you know it!

Handy bike trainer survival tool number three…

Not too long ago I discovered the most amazing technological advancement on a treadmill that I’ve yet to uncover. The thing is, I love traveling and I love hiking, and I simply don’t get to do enough of either. (The best is combining the two: travel somewhere for an epic hike!) Well, there’s a thing on the treadmills at the Y called Virtual Interactive, I believe it was. You choose from about ten different regions around the world, and then follow along as the video takes you exploring with fascinating facts scrolling across the screen. So fun!

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Just yesterday, Jess and I went for a run through the Italian Alps!


Since Jess knew I love those virtual videos so much, she got me some Bike-O-Vision DVD’s for Christmas. I just put my iPad on a stand in front of my bike trainer and go to town… literally! Now I can…

  1. Get my triathlon training bike workout in…
  2. Listen to “That new business book I’ve heard so much about…”
  3. And go on a short vacation vicariously through the virtual videos …

Bonus Boredom Breaker Tool…

Don’t turn your workout into a horrible monster in your head like I always do… It’s really not that bad, and it will be over soon.

The bike trainer can be like any other workout – or any other chore: once you get started, it’s not that bad. Plus, you’ll be glad you did it when it’s all over, right?!

Three Triathlon Bike Trainer Boredom Busters |

My best tip for triathlon training, whether it’s inside or outside, good weather or bad, is…

Act on the moment.

Do you know what I mean? There’s always that split-second of inspiration, “It’s time for my workout.”  Then, on certain days, if you don’t act on that impulse right away, you’ll start to talk yourself out of it.

So before that happens, grab your cleats and go for it.

 What tips do you have for making your stationary bike or treadmill workouts more enjoyable?

To read more about what bike trainer we use– and love– click here. 


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Trainer DaveyTrainer Davey is an Orange County personal trainer at heart, but has since moved to Nashville and taken on the new challenge of triathlon training. Of course, he misses his home of Surf City...but Music City ain't so bad either!View all posts by Trainer Davey →

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