The Turbo Trainer

i don’t think i know anyone who looks forwards to going on the turbo, it’s a vile machine. this winter i’ve been on it three times i think, maybe four, and each time has been really hard going. it’s great for when you’re time pressed and need to get in an hour’s ride. it’s also particularly good for sustained efforts or specific pyramids or some such. beyond that, i can’t help but think that there is a great big road network out there of beautiful lanes and savage climbs that more than adequately suffice.

i’ve tried riding the turbo and listening to the radio or music. this is an insufficient distraction. i’ve tried doing it without, this only works if the effort is of such unremitting nastiness that you forget who you and where you’ve come from. i’ve come to the conclusion that the only way i can cope with extended (anything over 30 minutes) efforts on the beast is to get some sort of visual distraction. in practice, this means a film or some sort of box set. i’ve taken to watching lots of old cycling films. the greatest show on earth is perfect for a 90 minute session, and you get to feel like your chasing José Manuel Fuente up and down a mountainside.

it’s an amazing film, the whole lot is available on youtube.

here below is my current setup:

i’m using the HRM to check on pace and effort. i’m also on the TT weapon, gently getting used to the position ahead of the first races in a little over 6 weeks or so.

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