Just thinking about training options for what the Farmers Almanac is predicting to be a long hard winter.
I would likely kill myself bc I am very uncoordinated.
I have the Cyclops thing that anchors the bike that anchors me. That's when it is set up. Bleck, I hate winter.
A good pair of XC skis will be much more enjoyable! ;)
I've got rollers, which I've never used much for serious indoor training. I keep them around for some refreshers on keeping a smooth pedal stroke on the bike though. Riding indoors is boring no matter what, but you have to keep concentrating with rollers to avoid falling off. After about 45 minutes I can't handle it anymore. I'd rather zone out and watch TV on the trainer for 2 hours.
If you have good concentration skill though, you might enjoy them. For shorter rides they are more "fun" than a trainer, and they do keep you honest about your ability to hold a good line on the bike.
I'm going to do as much of my winter bike training outside on the mountain bike as possible. Yeah, it's not the same riding position as the tri bike but I think of it as quasi-cross-training. I can get plenty of aerobic endurance training on the mtn. bike. I'll also do high rpm spin-up drills most weeks to maintain a feel for the high cadences on the tri bike.
Though I started my bike training on the stationary bike a couple years ago, I don't think I can handle long indoor workouts these days. Somehow I managed to do some 4-hr. stationary bike rides last year. No way could I do that now. So I'll just bundle up and head outside.
I just hope we don't get Round 2 of Snowpocalypse and Snowmageddon this winter. It's supposed to be another La Nina winter, meaning higher-than-normal snowfall totals.
rollers are great if you the patience and concentration to use them. they can get pretty boring after about a week or so.
some have said that the free motion rollers are great and can really simulate real outdoor riding but they are quite expensive at something like 5-7 hundred dollars.
Thanks for all the input. Agreed, indoor training is the pits. I have a stationary trainer for longer "rides," but was thinking about rollers as a way to practice my first forray into aerobars when the weather gets nasty. Nashbar had a cheap set of parabolic rollers for around $125 with good reviews, so I might experiment with that, but wouldn't otherwise drop the major $$.
If you don't want to drop major coin on rollers, I'll sell you mine for $60. They're non descript, but I'm pretty sure they're Nashbar or Performance. It's been a couple years since I've used them, but they're still in good shape.
Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you pictures or we can figure out a time for you to check them out.
I think that you have it backwards. You want to forray into the world of aerobars on a fixed trainer and go on the rollers once you have mastered it. Using the rollers as a mechanism to initially learn how to ride in aero is like me learning how to swim without arm floaties ... children will just point and laugh at you :)
Children already point and laugh at me.
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