Monday, October 26, 2015

Quick Start Guide To Turbo Training

Lets face it, turbo training is boring but it doesn't have to be. What follows is what you SHOULD do to make it work for you.

I'll start right away with what gear I think you should get because I know it works.

A decent fan.
Cycleops Fluid 2 Turbo Trainer
Some Sufferfest video's.

Next Stage

Garmin Edge 500 with HR Strap and the Speed Cadence Sensor
Swift or Trainerroad
ANT+ dongle for your PC ( Garmin or Suunto will work ).

Next Stage

A power meter. ( optional  but much better than speed ot virtual power)

Why the above suggestions and how to implement them.

Using a Turbo trainer in a cold garage isn't going to keep you motivated unless you are REALLY REALLY committed. Doing a structured workout based on heart rate on something like a Garmin Edge 500 will make it easier and you can keep a record of your progress.

Following a Sufferfest video and either using perceived effort or substituting your heart rate training zones can make it easier.

Now by easier I mean that you feel more motivated to do it, you can actually achieve a harder and or more rewarding workout !

The next stage would be using an on-line service such as Trainerroad or Zwift. This really is the next stage in both training and motivation, it's what I use. To this set up you can add a power meter for more accuracy.

Zwift is just coming out of beta and has just started a Workout mode which I will try this week. Zwift is a virtual world animation of both imaginary and now one real location. It has also now introduced some pre made workouts to do in those worlds. It's going to be 8 quid a month. Trainerroad can be used on its own or along with the Sufferfest videos and is 6 quid a month.

Trainerroad looks more scientific and just shows you a bar graph of what speed/power you should be doing. It is workout and training plan oriented and you can sync Sufferfest videos with corresponding workouts.

Now I will let you google both Trainerroad and Zwift to see which one you prefer.