Just about any cyclist will tell you their least favorite activity is riding an indoor cycling trainer. Gobs have been written about how to survive training indoors when the weather is too yucky to venture outdoors on a bicycle.
Tons of videos are available specifically for indoor training rides. We have a few. Race videos have long been touted as one of the best distractions, and our Tour de France and Giro de Italia VHS tapes (yes, some are THAT old) and DVDs did the job for many years. When filmed from behind (which they often are), the peloton made me feel as if I was riding right in their slipstream. (Which, of course, is highly unlikely for slowpoke me.) On the trainer, I can do something I cannot do in real life. I cannot throw my arms up in the air when I cross a finish line. I would fall off my bike!
So those cycling tapes were the cure to trainer boredom for nearly a decade.
But not now. For nearly 18 months now, I have barely been able stomach even the covers of the majority of our cycling tapes, specifically years 1999-2012. To watch those tapes while on the trainer now might cause me to lose my lunch. Or dinner.
Good thing I'd already finely honed another distraction for my own trainer.
I can keep those needles flying even faster than I can pedal!