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Last winter I intended to make more use of my turbo trainer but found motivation really difficult.
Winter training is all about managing time/intensity.
All the things that don't involve turning your legs at X intensity for X minutes are just to distract you.
Winter training is HARD. People spend thousands of dollars just to distract their minds during it... CompuTrainers, videos, software packages, etc. These things are just to fill your mind while you body is taking care of business.
A power meter and heart rate monitor can help, but the main thing is to get on the turbo, and do your workouts and get off.
I've found something very useful for the mental aspect of riding the turbo.... darkness. I turn off the lights in the garage. I have a phone-holder on a stand just in reach (keeps the sweat off it). I can play music, and use the stopwatch.
But.... Even watching the clock is boring and hurtful. So I do this.... In iTunes, create Smart Playlists. Make lists of songs that are X length. Set iTunes to random play. When you need intervals, you hit a playlist of songs that are the length you need, then GO.
Use the stopwatch during the "rest" period of the interval. Then hit another song and GO.
I'd rather get it over and done with in half an hour.
And tbh, I'd discount rollers. They are good for pedaling form and speed work. Not amazingly good for much else. Turbos are better. So are winter bikes.
You've confirmed my doubts that the rollers were probably more an excuse for another purchase than a necessary addition I just need to find adaquate motivation.
Do you value software like 'Trainer Road' or am I still just looking to distract from what is actually required - Commitment and effort?
As we're talking about things to watch to distract / motivate; do you rate the 'Sufferfest' style videos at all?
This thing is great when you're forced indoors. I turn the lights down, play music, and simply tackle the intervals. It has ergo mode, and it's a complete ball buster. Set your target wattage and suffer. I limit my workouts to 90' and done. In some respects, the ability to target your goals so specifically is tremendous.
Inevitably I'd get dizzy and end up on the floor!
A decent set of lights aren't too expensive nowadays, and a couple of hours z2 is easy enough. Any longer and it has a habit of getting too cold for me
For turbo workouts, you need to know what you are going to be doing before you get on it. Write it down or whatever (6*10mins sweetspot etc). That way you will focus on what you are meant to be doing, and then OFF, rather than 10 mins warm up followed by I can't be arsed...
I find music better than movies- its easy to slow to the pace of the film.
Trainer mode in golden cheetah I find useful as I'd rather have a trace changing in front of me instead of just watching my headunit
I spent one week in Norway back in the 80’s participating and training with a group of experienced cross-country skiers. It was brutal, without doubt the hardest week of training I ever experienced in my athletic career. A group of us went, all marathon runners. That year we all ran faster than we ever ran before. We all knew why and we all promised ourselves we would go back each year. We never did. I sometimes wonder how fast I would have run if I went every year to Norway instead of Lanzarote.
I do some weight training over the winter but dont run due to an old foot injry so was really looking for something else to keep up the cardio / leg strength.
I guess I'll hold off on any winter purchases for the second as it sounds like I may finally be able to justify buying a powermeter to use alongside my existing turbo to 'save money'...
I know better now. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't risk getting into an accident on icy roads or getting sick. Now I would go swimming, lift weights, etc... Sure, you need to keep cycling, but you can replace some of the cycling workouts with other sports. It'll make you stronger and more eager to get back on the bike once the weather gets better.
But I absolutely hate to train indoors. It is a mental thing. I just can't get any intensity at all. So I ride as much as possible, bundled up on a winter bike.
But there are times when it is just too icy, rainy, dark, etc...so the rollers and trainer do get used. I won't ride on ice or in cold rain.
I also weight lift in the winter, so the rollers get used to just spin the legs out. The trainer gets used for some intervals.
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