I think experience will be the solution to this one. If you can find a time that is quiet and try the roads and as you get more experience/confidence you can overcome your fear. Just start with short journeys and build it from there.
Ultimately, you are going to have to go out on the roads as there is no substitute to training on the roads. There is only so much that gym work can give you.
training for last years marathon I was doing 5 mile laps so I was passing my house every 40 minutes or so. My body usually decided that 20 minutes from home was the ideal time to rebel. I once got to within 1/2 mile from home and had to jump behind a hedge. Luckily I live in a very rural part of Scotland and had a great view across the hills as the world dropped out of my bottom. I literally had no choice at that point...I was getting stomach cramps and I just had to go.
Sometimes there is nothing you can do other than find a secluded spot. Instantly. It's easier for me, I only have 3 farms in my glen and I could probably poop anywhere on my route without being seen by humans. Although midgie bites on my bum might take a bit of explaining and be really itchy!
you're all showing off with your "too hot for turbo" talk! Although the weatherman is suggesting a high of 17°C for the end of next week. Woo!
I have patellofemoral syndrome or something. Basically my knee pain is due to my knee cap not tracking correctly when I run. So I have some really silly exercises to do. I'll stick to some gentle cycling next week.
well...the family did ask what I wanted to do for fathers day and I suggested a 50 mile bike ride on my own but they didn't seem impressed with the idea
Actually this weekend will be spent cleaning and getting the house prepared for selling. I'm tired of the Scottish Nationalism. I'm tired of the cold and wet. I'm leaving the country. I've been offered a job in Houston so I'm out of here. Instead of a lone pirate in the Scottish hills, I'm going to be a lone pirate in the Houston flatlands. At least it'll be warmer.