Well you all convinced me of outside. My goal, while not really being short, is to up my average 112 mile speed (21mph) to closer to 25mph. Today the plan was going to be tempo, a flat 40~ miles at 23mph. However, I got to the north end, turn around, of the bike path and looked up at the mountain and just could not resist changing to a hard climb. I will blog about it in a bit. Thank you all for the great tips! Oh and I mix the CTS (trainright.com) and Spinervals videos.
What TENIS said. What are your goals? If it's just riding around, then outside. If you want some highly focused stuff, then inside.
Personally if it's decent out and I was going for a 2hr ride it'd be outside. Up here these days it gets dark far too early...
EDITED to add: DZTAMRA: The CTS or Spinerval DVDs are a good starting point. Have a browse through the websites and see what suits you. There are a couple of folk on the Cycling Group who use them during winter...
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 10/20/2009 (11:11)
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A question on the side...where did you find your bike training video? I've looked for them a few times but never found one. I'm guessing you're going to say online, so feel free to recommend one that you like. I have a trainer but I rarely use it because I get so bored.
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What are your short term goals? Do you have a race coming up? If so, you may want to train your "bike legs" on the trainer. If not, I'd opt for outside as long as the weather holds. But then again, you may be looking to burn some serious calories. Then the trainer might be the best option since you won't need to make any stops and control the speed better. During the off-season, I'm not as focused on such things and try to enjoy the sports as much as possible. Running outside as long as I can VS the dreadmill (although some people prefer that over the road), for example.
Whatever you decide, keep on...keeping on! Have fun!
i like to ride outside, i have a trainer but choose that only when the weather is bad. but i admit i just spin on the trainer, and havent followed any videos, that i understand are a really great workout. so i would vote for #1 option of the TT video and then the one hour ride, its seems like you will get a more versitile workout.
I am planning 2 hours tomorrow and can't make up my mind on whether to hit the trainer for an hour long TT video and then do the normal 1 hour round trip to work or to do 1.5 hours before work on the road and then the last .5 going home. What do you all vote?
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