You may have seen some extra chatter from me lately about Trainer Road, a great product you can use with your existing trainer set up to get more focused training out of your time. Well all my enthusiasm has landed me an Ambassador spot! (more to follow on that) I was a late adopter of this software and have really thrown myself into it over the last 7 days because of the Tour of Sufferlandria. Now I can see the error of my ways! Just look at the picture below. That is the same ride on the same trainer done 9 days apart. I put a line on both graphs at 16 mph to show you the difference in intensity. If you want success on your trainer, you really need to use Trainer Road.
I have had to use a bike trainer to get my cycling training in for a few years. I was turned on to a set of training videos a couple of years ago and they have been an absolute blessing (and a curse). The Sufferfest videos are an amazing set of training videos that use real cycling footage, expertly developed workouts, and amazingly entertaining stories to get you through some pretty gnarly trainer time. They are pure genius! Some I love (Hell Hath No Fury, A Very Dark Place, #ISLAGIATT, and There Is No Try) and some I am not a fan of (they are so damn hard!). If you have to use a bike trainer you must check out these videos.
This weekend I finally completed the last piece of perfecting my home pain cave for bike training. I re-enrolled in Trainer Road. I had used it briefly about 2 years ago but just found all the set up a bit cumbersome. I was space and equipment challenged at that time but now I have a better bike training set up. The awesome thing about Trainer Road is they translate your speed/cadence/HR data into power in real time. You can use the software to find your FTP and then all your workouts are based off of that! There are tons of good workouts to choose from in their library BUT they also integrate with the Sufferfest videos. PERFECTION!
Sufferfest and Trainer Road have paired up and this weekend we started the Tour of Sufferlandria. Along with 2200 other riders we are using the Sufferfest videos and Trainer Road to complete 9 days of suffering riding together across the world! It has been epic to say the least.
If you use a bike training to do any in home training I HIGHLY suggest you look at these two products. Both are very affordable and well worth your time.