One of the many joys of cycling is the youthful sense that you’re “playing” outdoors, as you ride and take yourself through the environment. However, at times life obligations or the environment can hinder your training plan forcing you to adapt your workouts. Bike trainers are a great way to fit in an effective workout, and there are several advantages of using a trainer that will enhance your skills as a cyclist.
Benefits of Indoor Trainer Workouts
Riding in place for over an hour or more can become incredibly monotonous; however, it obliges you to focus on the task at hand. In contrast to riding on the road, where you’re worrying about safety, taking in the scenery, or casually talking to your riding buddy throughout your workout. Spinning on a trainer compels you to think of your pedal stroke, breathing patterns, and pain. There are no distractions; hence you really need to rely on your sport psychology techniques to get you through your workouts. Additionally, you can listen to your breathing patterns and control them in order to reduce early fatigue. This can definitely come in handy during a race where extreme focus and endurance are required for an optimal performance.
Here a few ways to beat indoor trainer boredom with a few different games on the trainer.
Improved Bike Fitness
When riding on the road there are interruptions such as stop lights, making a U-turn, decelerating to avoid contact with the rear wheel of a fellow cyclist, or fighting a headwind just to name a few. Conversely, when riding on a trainer there are no gaps in your workout and you’re riding at a consistent effort throughout unless, you’re doing intervals.
If your workout contains intervals, then use a bike computer with a cadence monitor to alert you of your RPMs. By using this monitor you can do high cadence work intervals with low cadence rest intervals. Another benefit of a trainer is the ability to adjust the resistance felt while riding. After a few consecutive sessions on the trainer your legs will feel stronger when riding on the road, and you’ll notice an increase in speed.
Probably the best aspect of using a trainer is how practical it is to use for one’s lifestyle. You can still fit in a great cycling workout despite snowy or rainy conditions. If environmental conditions are unsafe, then you can set up the trainer indoors at any time and cycle. Some people become creative with their workout space and place their trainers in the garage with no air conditioning and a big fan for added resistance to simulate road conditions. Additionally, if life commitments become more time consuming than usual you can still schedule a session in before dawn or late at night. It’s also an efficient tool to maintain the balance between family and training.