Do you use it?

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09/10/2012 at 10:56

I used my trainerroad setup for the first time this AM. My setup is my Rockhopper Mountain Bike on a Satori TACX turbo trainer set to resistance level 7, a Garmin GSC10, Garmin HRM, and a Moviestick USB ANT+ receiver stuck in to my Macbook Air. Everything works perfectly right away. Apart from me

I did the 20 minute test and it told me to lower my FTP to 165 Grrr. Really need to get stronger but I am focussing primarily on running right now. 

What plans are you using on there? How are you finding it? I was thinking of starting with 2 sessions from the Intermediate Build Phase I mid week and then a club ride on weekends if I can manage it or the third session from the plan if I can't.

Here is my weak 20 min test:

09/10/2012 at 16:37

Nate from TrainerRoad here.  This poped up on my Google Alerts.  If anyone has any questions I'll be glad to answer them.

09/10/2012 at 16:44

ok Nate, what is trainerroad ?


09/10/2012 at 16:55

never mind

a quick google and i now have a different question


09/10/2012 at 17:20

Haha hi Nate

For the others - if you have a turbo trainer (that TrainerRoad have measured) and speed/cadence sensor like the GSC 10 for example all you need to buy is a cheap USB ANT+ stick for your computer and you can run trainerroad. 

I use it for the first time today as per my post. It's bloomin' fantastic Seems they are super keen to provide support too!

09/10/2012 at 17:21

Nate - I do have one question. I was looking on your website and I could not see where I order stronger legs and bigger lungs. Can you send me a link please?


Cortina5    pirate
09/10/2012 at 18:24
I love it. And the support I've had is great too. FTP is a number generated on a day under certain conditions. It's also your number, no-one elses. You may find a bigger fan gives a higher figure, or the road bike gives a bigger figure.

What do you want to train for? At the moment I'm doing an FTP and SS per week with a weekend club ride. Once XC season starts I'll ramp the running for a spring HM and drop one of the turbo sessions. After the HM I'll probably return to 2 turbos a week again.

Pacing the 20min effort can be fun can't it!
Rafiki    pirate
09/10/2012 at 18:31
SgtLard wrote (see)

 what is trainerroad ?


You mean its not that big, grey, straight, thing outside my front door that I ride my bike on for training???

Cat - if I get one of these things can I still sit on your wheel and draft for miles while you work really really hard??

Cortina5    pirate
09/10/2012 at 18:41
Only if you get the coffee and cake in again!
09/10/2012 at 19:25
I did the 20m test today and got pacing pretty much spot on based on the fact I did not fade and felt like puking during the cool down Love it!
09/10/2012 at 20:08
I really like it, for a geek like me it makes the time go a bit easier and makes me dig a bit deeper towards the end of an interval.

But now I know after tonight's test that I have lost 13% of my FTP since my pre IMWales taper peak.
meface    pirate
09/10/2012 at 21:37


I have a tacx flow (upgraded to iflow/imagic thingy) and a garmin 310XT (so have a ant+ thingy). So where does TrainerRoad get its data from?

Would I be working off psuedo power from the Tacx or HR or both.


09/10/2012 at 23:22
Trainer road will pick up the signal from both your heart rate monitor and a speed/cadence sensor at the same time if you have one. It gets the signal via the usb stick. The GSC 10 can be had for about ??25 off amazon. I got that and use the heart rate monitor that came with my forerunner watch.

You can train just off heart rate but I read that the virtual power measurement that trainer road can generate by taking in to account your particular turbo model, the resistance you have it set to and your speed/cadence data is a much better way to train.

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