Turbo Training in the Living rooms - Any risks?

Being locked in the garage is no fun at all...

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30/12/2012 at 23:07

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!

30/12/2012 at 23:37

Sweating on the carpet...

Doner Kebab    pirate
31/12/2012 at 00:07

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  


31/12/2012 at 00:40

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.   

31/12/2012 at 07:13

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


31/12/2012 at 07:33

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.

31/12/2012 at 07:42

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.

31/12/2012 at 09:04

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. 

seren nos    pirate
31/12/2012 at 09:39

electric fan is a must.you could put done a gym/ exercise mat underneath to catch any excess sweat..........

31/12/2012 at 09:44

Couldn't you put a tv/dvd player in the garage?

31/12/2012 at 09:46

Couldnt you just go out on your bike ?

31/12/2012 at 09:52

Good thinking Carter (it's what I'm doing, so I should have thought of that!)

31/12/2012 at 09:56

Well done Wilkie, you are hardcore compared to these softies who want to stay indoors !

31/12/2012 at 10:34

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. 

cougie    pirate
31/12/2012 at 11:32
Will you be bothered to set it up in the living room ?

Sounds like hassle to me.
Also it's going to annoy your wife.
And it will be too hot. I turbo in the cold garage and I still need a fan to cool me down.
The risk of sweat and oil stains and bits of rubber is also high

And if you have any pets/kids - keep them away from it.

Basically it's a bad idea.
31/12/2012 at 11:45
I've turboed in both garage and lounge. I have to say the turbo in the lounge was vile. As that part of the house has heating, it was just way too hot and uncomfortable which meant I didn't work hard enough.

In the garage I set up the ironing board in front of the turbo with the iPad on and I watch telly or DVDs. I dispute that this makes it easier as I have sufficient technology to tell me what my HR and cadence are (can't afford a power meter) to ensure I'm not just sitting and spinning.

Obviously nothing replicates being outside like being outside but if its very early morning, appalling weather or there are time issues I think they have their place.
31/12/2012 at 11:52

impressive multi-tasking there, doing the ironing whilst turbo-ing !

31/12/2012 at 13:05

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?

Edited: 31/12/2012 at 13:44
cougie    pirate
31/12/2012 at 13:44
What kind of effort are you putting in for a 5 hour stint ?
31/12/2012 at 14:05

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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