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I woke at 5am thinking about cycling. Sunday is a great day for an early morning ride and my wife and daughter had plans that definitely did not require me. The only problem I could foresee was the time of year.

Winter is a difficult time to train. Despite my early rise, it was so cold and dark, I just could not face a bike ride. To be honest, I hate running in the dark, so what do you do?  Once again I was engaging with my inner demon telling me it was okay not to train. However, the logical part of my brain knew the truth. Fitness and health is about little and often.

The inner argument was soon resolved with a decision to use the turbo trainer. A turbo trainer is a relatively cheap frame that allows you to cycle indoors using your own bike. Don’t panic the idea of cycling for hours in the spare room or conservatory scares me as much as it probably scares you. Research has shown that intensive training sessions are just as affective as long, less intensive training sessions. 20 minutes including warmup and cool down gives you 10 minutes of one minute  intense and one minute slow spin for a good session to maintain and improve fitness. Interval training on a running machine would achieve a similar result.

However, 20 minutes can feel longer when training at high intensity. Albert Einstein can help explain this. Asked to provide a simple explanation of his theory of time relativity, he volunteered; put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour; sit with a pretty girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.

I have the perfect solution. I have bought my wife a turbo trainer for Christmas. Time will fly for both of us doing intense one min intervals. I can picture her face now as she unwraps the present from me.

Written by: Brad

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