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indoor training questions(5 posts)

indoor training questionsGall
Dec 30, 2001 11:04 AM
hello again,

i think for the first time this winter i am going to stay in and ride the trainer.

if i ride 30 miles on the trainer how many road miles is that about equal to.

AND... is it just as "healthy" to workout inside breathing in the stale air vs. being outside taking in the fresh air. does this effect my training in anyway???

think time, not miles...C-40
Dec 30, 2001 3:17 PM
I regularly ride a 40 mile course in about 2 hours. If I wanted a full cycling workout indoors, it would take 2 hours. Too boring for me!

I much prefer to combine weight lifting with an agressive 30-45 minute session on the trainer. I try to do at least some lifting 5-6 times per week, alternating upper and lower body sessions. I only ride the trainer 2 or 3 times a week. I concentrate on gaining strength in the winter and the aerobic capacity in the spring.
re: indoor training questionsGeof
Dec 30, 2001 5:39 PM
I agree with the weights idea although only maybe 3ish days a week... anyway...

If you can ride the equivalent of 30 miles on a trainer... go for it... too long and boring for me. I spend about 35-60 minutes on the good ol' rollers and really get specific about each session. It keeps things interesting and spending much more time than that on a trainer just sucks...

As far as air quality is concerned... if your THAT worried about it, open a window. You want a fan or something on you anyway, to keep your PRE down. The hotter you get the harder your heart works, thus making the session possibly harder than it should be in terms of HR... Keep cool as best as possible.
It's very much a personal matter...The Conductor
Dec 31, 2001 1:41 AM
Some can sit on trainers/rollers for 2hrs or more each and every day. I use them as an aerobic substitute, doing interval-sessions no more than twice a week and never longer than 1hr. Use a fan to reduce the overheating-factor, wich elevates the HR due to the effort of the body trying to get rid of the excess body-heat. If not, your HR will indicate a higher(10-15 BPM)cycling-effort than you are actually doing.
As said before; what counts is time and HR. The miles are done on the roads. If you live in a snow-savaged area like me; get a mountain/crossbike whith mud-guards and stud-tires. Whith the right clothing you wont freeze to death, and you can keep up a fair milage through the winter.
Amen! Time and Heart RateGreg Taylor
Dec 31, 2001 8:05 AM
Forget miles...the trainer is all about getting a focused cardio workout in a decently short time. Intervals are great, and can be done in about 45 minutes. My other favorite (?!?) is a steady "time trial" workout -- warm up decently, and then do a steady 90 rpm's at about 80 - 85% of your heartrate for 45 minutes. Gear down if you have a hard time holding the 80%.