Being locked in the garage is no fun at all...
Being in the garage is a good place for me to come up with an excuse not to use it... Cold, nothing to do but cycle... So I decided I could move the turbo into my livingroom, have the TV on or a DVD as I cycle away... But are there any risks that could get me killed by the wife? Oil off the cassette on the carpet?
Does anyone / has anyone tried this. If so any tips to prevent me from a sudden death from the turbo!
Sweating on the carpet...
i got carpet so i got an area that I put down laminate floor and a massive drip tray - sorted, but i still dont use it as much as i should
its going to be the vibrations/noise if anything thats annoying, i turbo while the OH is in bed, the bedroom is far enough away for her not to hear the whirring, grunting and crying and coach troy
I prefer just to keep it set up in the garage - it's not fun but for 55-60 minutes once or twice a week over winter it's doable and I find the fact I'm sat in a freezing garage motivating to work hard. If you are turboing indoors a massive fan will be a necessity - otherwise you'll just be overheating and thinking you are working hard because you are sweating lots.
Turbo isnt meant to be fun and if you can concentrate on TV or DVD then your arent working hard enough.Lock yourself away in the garage, less distractions = harder work
I have a sad story about the risks involved in using rollers in your kitchen in winter, it ends with a red face, bruises & a bent front wheel. And I then bought a Turbo.
Yes, use of electric fans will alleviate much of the sweat. Prefer to use an indoor cycle machine as I can't be bothered to have to set up the turbo trainer etc.
I use mine in kitchen, sweat and oil on the floor afterwards so wouldnt want to use on carpet without putting something down first.
a turbo training DVD or film (i have a couple of sufferfest downloads) motivates me to work much harder than i do without one as well as being enjoyable.
electric fan is a must.you could put done a gym/ exercise mat underneath to catch any excess sweat..........
Couldn't you put a tv/dvd player in the garage?
Couldnt you just go out on your bike ?
Good thinking Carter (it's what I'm doing, so I should have thought of that!)
Well done Wilkie, you are hardcore compared to these softies who want to stay indoors !
none meant, but if you find it cold and boring in the garage the maybe you are in the wrong game. Lots of triathlon training can be cold and boring. It can be pretty cold at times, but theres not many days/year when you dont warm up pretty quickly. Like popsider said you probably need to concentrate on some sort of session which will help you pass the time. I have a 2hr top limit on the turbo (which is in the garage - no TV either) but make sure that I work quite hard and always do some sort of session/chase HRs.
impressive multi-tasking there, doing the ironing whilst turbo-ing !
With the family out, I've been known to spend (not a boast, simply the truth) up to 5 hours on the turbo in the living room. As long as I had a couple of fans on me with the bike sitting on a large exercise mat to prevent any sweat or oil going onto the floor, my other half was fine with the situation.
That said, I've now moved all the gear into the garage to save on the hastle, if you can really call it that, of putting all of the bits together and then taking them apart again each session.
I'm sure one of the popular IM books, I think it's "Going Long" mentions putting the Turbo in the front room or even a play room so an athlete can get the training miles in the legs while also spending some quality time with the family. Somehow I cant really see that working, do you?
Depends. They can often be all spent within the endurance power zone or perhaps I try to mimic a race situation.
For example, when training for the Marmotte sportive, I would aim to ride at a given power / cadence for a time that I would expect to cover a given set of climbs:
- 15 min warm up
- 80 mins @ 250 watts (Glandon)
- 20 mins rest
- 50 mins @ 245 watts (Telegraphe)
- 20 mins rest
- 90 mins @ 240 watts (Galibier)
- 30 mins rest (Just over 5 hours in total)
Another example would be a session spilt within the endurance power zones with perhaps a 3 x 20 mins at 89% / 94% of my functional treshold power such as this ride form last year: http://lamarmotte2012.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/extreme-turbo-action-5-hours-100-miles.html
To be honest - 100% of my winter sessions on the bike through to April / May will be on the turbo or rollers.
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