Trainer1 of 11
You don't need a sophisticated "smart trainer" like a Wahoo Kickr Core (but they are sure fun!) to get rolling. A basic fluid-resistance trainer can provide a good workout without creating excessive noise.
Wheel Block2 of 11
Skip the telephone book and use a wheel block. A wheel block is more stable and secure when you're doing hard efforts.
Room Selection3 of 11
Photo/Bill Wilson, Flickr
If possible, set up your pain cave in a room that is naturally cool: A basement is better than an attic. If you can, open windows to encourage cool, fresh air while you ride. If you can control the environment with a zoned thermostat, you'll want the room to be cool while you're training.
Fans4 of 11
Move air around to stay cool. This will keep you pedaling stronger, for longer.
Mat5 of 11
You don't want a smelly puddle of sweat ruining your floors. Catch the drops on a mat rather than the floor or a carpet. An inexpensive yoga mat is a great option.
Sweat Guard6 of 11
Protect your bike from damaging perspiration with a sweat guard.
Towels7 of 11
Although sweat on your body helps to keep you cool, you don't want it in your eyes, pooling on your bike, or getting into your electronics.
Stand for Accessories8 of 11
If you're on the trainer for a while, you'll want to have some place to keep hydration, nutrition, remote controls and anything else you may want within reach.
Entertaining Distractions9 of 11
No matter how long your trainer session is, you'll want entertaining distractions: a fun playlist or access to Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime that make for great inside-ride TV viewing.
Go Virtual10 of 11
For the ultimate entertaining distraction, subscribe to a virtual ride service, such as Zwift. You can ride with and against others, as well as follow training plans or simply experience great training data visualization.