Rollers will improve your 'bike handling' as you have to balance yourself so you can't have poor posture whilst cycling. Unless they're really posh rollers you wont be able to alter the resistance other than with gears
Turbo is easy - lock bike in place and you're away. It's very difficult (but not impossible) to fall off a turbo. Depending upon the make / model and if you have Ant+ sensors, rollers can be 'hooked up' to trainer road.
I think its much of a muchness, depends how much falling off you want to do before you get proficient.. I had rollers, fell off too many times so bought a turbo. Part of me wishes I'd kept the rollers though. Maybe I should get some new ones
I’d managed to get out on the run with about 6:30 left on the clock. Outlaw last year took me 6:45 to walk with really badly blistered feet so I started the first lap trying to work out what to do. I could walk it in the time allowed. I could try to run until I couldn’t run anymore or I could run walk from the start. I tried running 8 minutes and walking 2. Didn’t like that very much. Nor 4:1. I tried walking a whole mile, got 13:xx minute mile which I guess would have just about done. Trying to do the calculations that work out what time marathon that will get me is one of the ways I get through, keeping my brain busy. I ended up running 100 left foot counts then walking for 50. Occasionally stretching it to 120 left foot running and 50 walking. I kept plodding this out. The pirate support is awesome, from the pirates competing in the race, waves and acknowledgements from Funkin, Pingu, Ben, Garr, Dermot, Dave, Ferret et al; all the pirates in the crowd Mrs Funkin, Meldy, Schmunks et al and all the people all nationalities shouting for the pirates in general “Allez les pirates”. At the end of my 2nd lap I was getting tired and wasn’t sure I could be arse to carry on or not. Mousicles told me I was looking good and was going to do it so I got my second chouchou and headed off to do it twice more. After that it was just more one foot in front of the other until I got band 3. Band envy was ridiculous on that last lap. What I’d have done for that yellow band I wasn’t sure of. Having all 3 bands was great – it meant I was on my way to finish and I only had to run through the stink pee corner once more.
Made it to the finish chute and I was adamant that I would run through it and then stop my watch. Normally my race finish photo is me stopping my watch. I’ve actually got some really nice finish photos. Apologies for not stopping in the chute to say hello to the entire pirate massive properly – I was a bit confused as to where I was going to be honest and a bit tired and emotional. Collect medal, get photo, get changed and head to MacDonald’s for a big Mac and fries before cheering the rest of the finishers in. I felt surprisingly good.
The following morning I got up, breakfasted, went for a walk around the expo and bought a t-short and the compressport visor I wanted (getting free finisher socks for it). Walked around Nice sightseeing a bit, went for a relaxing short swim. In the evening we walked up to the castle viewpoint and then found a nice place doing moules frites. After we’d let the France world cup excitement die down a bit first.
Race done 15:16:22 about 15 minutes slower than outlaw last year. A new marathon PB in there too.
I had really good moments, really very bad moments but the support was great. It can’t have been too bad as I’ve entered IM Austria next year already.