I go the Turbo Trainer... So what next?

What should I buy to help me get on the turbo?

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BWT
07/10/2012 at 18:56

After a good search on here of past threads and taking the recommendations I have purchased an Elite Crono...  Turbo but what next?  Do I need a special training plan? Tyres? or DVD?

What would you fab folks recommend?

Many thanks

BWT

M...eldy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 19:02

What are you training for ?  

Dependant on your answer whichever plan you are following for your goal will give you the sets for your turbo sessions

If you have just brought one for fitness then pick a plan that is manageable but challenging

07/10/2012 at 19:08

10 mins warm up

20 mins 85-90% of max

5 mins easy

20 mins 85-90% of max

cool down

 

Dustboy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 19:30

A turbo tyre, the proper front wheel rest, a stand for your cup of tea and the remote, Box set DVDs and a TV/DVD player

OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
07/10/2012 at 19:36

old paperback for the front wheel, , towel to catch sweat, gaffer tap to stop sweat running down your ahead set.....
search the web for example turbo programs,
Going long has a 8 week progressive set.
Endurance corner has lots of others as well.

07/10/2012 at 19:46

You can plan your own sets or search for a suitable one here;

http://www.turbotraining.co.uk/

 

IronCat5    pirate
07/10/2012 at 19:52

Garmin + TrainerRoad. Oh, and a bucket of sawdust.

Blisters    pirate
07/10/2012 at 22:28

Start saving old towels.

Suggest to the Household Finance Manager that the ones in the bathroom are getting a bit thin, and that some nice new fluffy ones are needed. Sorted.

Out of curiosity, can I ask where you bought the Elite Crono fluid turbo? I was starting to look at getting one too.

07/10/2012 at 23:07

Sufferfest videos are great. 

I just joined trainerroad.com - hoping that is great too.

You can use them together for double great.

07/10/2012 at 23:08

Foggy's 2*20 session is a good one - though I generally do the 20 minute blocks as hard as I can sustain (if I'm a bit tired I might set a lower target) using power rather than heart rate - not sure how that matches up on intensity to Foggy's 85-90% mhr.

One thing to beware of if you do use heart rate is the bpm will probably drift up during the 20 minute blocks - so if you keep heart rate constant you are actually gradually slacking off - try and use rear wheel speed or power if you can or else allow for HR drifting up by upping the level maybe 2 beats every 5 minutes.    I would build up to that though - either by doing a shorter session or else a lower intensity - you've got all winter.   

A fan is pretty much essential for indoor - I train in the garage at night in winter and it's still easier with a fan.   As above don't skimp protecting the bike from sweat - it will destroy your headset and anything else.   I just use an mp3 player - I'm working too hard to watch a DVD - and stick a mirror in front or to the side (I've only got one mirror !) just to check position sometimes.   

Big tips are keep it simple and don't try for too much too soon - as you get used to it you'll be able to go deeper.

ps - little picture which suggest Foggy is spot on with his heart rate range http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd226/ASimmons/HRResponseAPITTI.png

cougie    pirate
07/10/2012 at 23:09
Get a big tall fan to cool you.
Dustboy    pirate
07/10/2012 at 23:15

Must admit Cougie, I tend to go garage when it's minus whatever and no fan. Though Garmin records a 5 degree rise in temperature when I am in there! LOL.

Anyone else use a fan?

BWT
07/10/2012 at 23:24

Blisters I got it from Wiggle...  Missed out on an extra 10% off by 1 day

Meldy - I am training (I use that word advisedly as I seem to be shocking at doing the actual Training) for a faster sprint tri and Maybe an Oly distance Tri next year - Ultimate aim...  lose weight!

I will try the towel line with the Household Manager - not that she needs and excuse to buy new towels!

And will I really need a fan...  in the cold garage?

BWT
07/10/2012 at 23:26

Thanks for the ideas so far...  Any more keep them coming.

07/10/2012 at 23:29

I use a fan.. but I have only used my turbo in the warm weather so far. I honestly think I will need a fan no matter how cold it gets. I think there is a big difference between 'cold' weather and 'moving air' to dry you - I sweat like a monster on the turbo.

07/10/2012 at 23:29

ps you won't die without a fan so try it first without one and then if you think you need one later buy one. Just have a towel at hand whatever

The Evil Pixie    pirate
08/10/2012 at 06:43

I've only just started to use my TT as it scares me!

I've been doing 30-45mins for now at a steady HR but today I threw in a few short reps at a higher cadence as mine is shocking

I'm a garage girl and just have the door slightly open - not needed a fan yet

MP3 for me too

not really pushed too hard as yet because I don't do pain full stop so pushing hard is err hard!!

 

08/10/2012 at 07:12

An article which explains theory of 2x 20 mins.

http://www.flammerouge.je/content/3_factsheets/constant/functhresh.htm

 

 

seren nos    pirate
08/10/2012 at 08:46
Bright White Trainers wrote (see)

After a good search on here of past threads and taking the recommendations I have purchased an Elite Crono...  Turbo but what next?  Do I need a special training plan? Tyres? or DVD?

What would you fab folks recommend?

Many thanks

BWT

Can't belief that everyone has forgotton the obvious.............before all the rest you will need a bike....you won't get much benefit from just standing on the turbo

08/10/2012 at 08:54
F.oggy wrote (see)

An article which explains theory of 2x 20 mins.

http://www.flammerouge.je/content/3_factsheets/constant/functhresh.htm

Really good article. Thanks for sharing - clear and easy to understand. The Trainerroad guys have you do an FTP test at the beginning and all of their workouts are scaled to your particular FTP. As your FTP changes (you retest every 6-8 weeks) the workout difficulty level is scaled to changes in your FTP. Now I actually understand what FTP is

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