How Do I Train Over Winter?

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about training over the winter, so today’s post comes right out of the old mailbag.

It’s that time of year where many cyclists are forced off the road and driven to their basements to put in time on the trainer.  Have you seen some of the trainer sanctuaries out there?  You can tell in these photos that indoor riding becomes something like a Zen state of mind inside of these temples of solitude.

c/o Erin&Justin Flickr

c/o Billhd Flickr

I’m sure you’re like me (and most cyclists), in that you’d much rather be out on the road.  Heck, being out there is one of the things that makes cycling so awesome.  But, if you’re going to have to spend months indoors riding on a trainer and wishing you were out on the road, you might as well do it in style.

The Trainer

There are several models and varieties out there, but from the comments and reviews that I’ve seen I would recommend one of two trainers made by Kurt Kinetic.  A more reasonably priced option is the Road Machine, and if you really want something that resembles outdoor riding then go with the pricier Rock and Roll model.  There is also a new type of trainer that just came out this year…..It’s made by LeMond and it’s called the Revolution.  I haven’t checked this one out too closely, but I’m thinking that it might be a superior design to the original roller type trainers.  If you’ve tried it out, let us know what you think.

The Sufferfest

If you’re lucky enough to have a TV mounted in front of your trainer (actually, I highly recommend having one in front of you), then you’re able to help ease the boredom that can come from indoor cycling.  A lot of cyclists will watch old footage of the Giro, Tour de France, or any other cycling race to help motivate them through their spin.  Others will catch up on their favorite TV shows to help pass the time.  Both are great options.

The Sufferfest: Downloadable cycling workout videos.

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