Turbo - Not The Torture I’d Been Led To Believe
Sundays are the days for long rides. The only problem is that it’s still freezing cold here, even major roads are icy, and yesterday it was blowing a gale (Norway is a few hundred miles across the North Sea, but I’m sure I could hear Norwegian voices outside . . .)
So I set up my newly acquired (free) turbo trainer in my study, and settled down to two hours of work. I’ve never used a turbo trainer before, so I spent the first hour on technique - single-leg cycling, trying to get a nice even tone out of the back wheel, and maintaining a constant 100rpm cadence, alternated with sprints. Stuff like that.
For the second hour, I did a form of interval training. In ten minute sets, I did three minutes at >100rpm in my seventh-from-highest gear, and then a minute in each consecutively higher gears while maintaining >100rpm, and then a minute recovery & taking my drinks. The last couple of these were really tough!
How did I keep my mind off this torture? By watching a film of course:
Kind of an obvious choice?
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 01/10/2010
- Total Time: 2:00:00.00
- Calories: 1753
- Distance: 38 miles
- Average Speed: 19 mph
- Average Cadence: 100
- Max Cadence: 170