The pain cave is a term coined by cyclists to describe a stationary bike set up which is made to test the cyclists limits. I’m almost finished with my set up and ready to guide me into 2018 a leaner and fitter machine!
My Pain Cave for 2018
I love this term, the pain cave, because that is what I intend it to be. Pure and complete suffering in my garage, me the bike and trying to win Zwift or any other cycling related app.
When I think about me in a few weeks time I’m already getting the feeling of a systematic burning in my quads and lungs. It makes me smile with excitement and fear equally.
What I’m also enjoying the thought of is “Zwifting” again. A little of a year ago I started to have a go on Zwift just to make some home cardio a little more interesting. I remember laughing and crying a little at the same time, each time I played it.
I can say played because it was genuinely huge amounts of fun and I rarely felt like I was just exercising.
My pain cave is not flash, nor is it fancy, it’s literally very basic and should suit it’s purpose, for now.
What am I using?
I’m using my Dad’s old bike that has probably never seen a road for over 10 years. As long as the wheels turn around I suppose it does matter! I would love to be sitting on something a little more aesthetically pleasing but it’s not something I should be worrying about just now.
The Trainer & Gear
The turbo trainer is, again, a few years old but still serves justice. I’ll be using my Dads (I’m sure he knows I’m grateful) Kurt Kinetic Road Machine which is a fluid trainer.
A couple of Garmin cadence and speed sensors in the right place. An Ant+ dongle in the laptop, I’m just waiting on one more thing. My heart rate monitor.
This is completely down to my total OCD nature but I find it difficult to start once I know everything is in place. One of the main reasons is I want to monitor my heart rate from the very beginning because I know I’m pretty damn unfit right now. Hopefully over the next few months I can monitor my fitness with some trendy graphs.
As I mentioned I’ll be using Zwift for the most part and Trainer Road when I’m feeling slightly analytical.
That’s pretty much it. Bring on 2018.