Riding a trainer, inside, during the race season, on beautiful sunny days!? Why would you do that? Well, that is actually something we do here with the Colnago fairly often. We generally try to keep our long rides in the end of the week because is important to be out training in the real world, but if the weather is really bad we have been known to get those pretty long rides done indoors as well.
TO GET OUR SHORTER RIDE DAYS DONE QUICKLY
The benefit to using a bike trainer is we can get a lot of work (KJs) done in a short amount of time. There are no stops, no downhills, and resistance is constant. For us a 600 kilojoule ride often takes around 1 hour, but we can finish that off on the trainer in 50, and spend all of that time in speed position.
FOR HIGH QUALITY INTERVAL SESSIONS
We generally train with a very high intensity through the winter, but we do maintain a fair bit of cycling intensity through the year, even while racing. Putting these shorter, hard workouts, on the indoor trainer keeps them very specific. We can control every aspect of the workout with no risk of interruptions. Plus, using Ergometer mode it’s easier to hit target watts. You simply set the power you want to hit and ride away!