Bristol to Barcelona

Creating the Pain Cave

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?

The Bike

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.

Cycling Apps

As I mentioned I’ll be using Zwift for the most part and Trainer Road when I’m feeling slightly analytical.

Get Grinding

That’s pretty much it. Bring on 2018.


About the author

Will Shelby

I'm a simple guy who loves a good coffee, plenty of cycling and exercise. Caffeine Junkie is my blog dedicated to these two passions with a bit of travel thrown in for good measure!

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