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Cold and icy outside? Time to take the bike inside...

March 1, 2018

 

With the recent bad weather forcing more training time inside on a turbo here is a short blog with a few considerations for when you do your turbo sessions.

 

Increased heat

 

Not having the air constantly pass you means you get hotter.  If your turbo is outside or in an outer building (garage) then you may wish to wear layers of clothing you can take off bit by bit as you get hotter.  If inside you may need to turn off the heating and strip down to small amounts of clothing.  Having a fan or two near by is really useful to help keep the air moving around you.

 

Hydration

 

With the increase in body temperature and the extra sweating it is always important to make sure you are drinking enough during the session.  Using a sports drink with electrolytes in it will also help top up the slats your body is constantly sweating out

 

Recovery

 

The increased core body temperature and potential de-hydration can both increase the recovery time from your turbo session.  Keep this in mind when considering the above two points.

 

Increased pedalling

 

Never really being faced with a downhill your pedalling is likely to be much more constant.  You may have heard that a turbo session is worth double the time on the road.  This will obviously depend on how much you pedal on the road but I prefer to think a more general rule of sum is to say 1 hour is about 1 1/2 hours on the road.

 

Looking after your bike.

 

Most people on a turbo sweat.  Too much sweat in the wrong places on your bike can end up doing some damage.  A good towel or even a bike thong (http://www.wiggle.com/cycleops-bike-thong-sweat-cover/ to save you googling and getting things you might not expect) or even a good old towel will help you keep the sweat from your frame.

 

Lack of bike handling skills

 

Ok so this might be an obvious one, but with your bike firmly locked into your turbo you needn't worry about holding it up straight!  Should you like to challenge your stability a little more when riding inside try rollers instead. 

 

One major area to consider when turboing is how to avoid becoming a hamster on a wheel by adding variation to your plan. This can come in the form of intensity, cadence or pedalling drills and I'll cover these in the next blog.

 

For now, stay warm!

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