I only lasted a single month of cold weather before breaking down and getting a bike trainer for the winter. This past summer I improved an enormous amount in, not only speed, but also distance. Since there is a race I’d like to enter next summer, I need to at least keep my cardio at the same level before I can start riding outside again.
I had planned to do more weight lifting, but I wasn’t making the time for it like I’d hoped I would.
Many thanks to my wife for forcing me to get a trainer as an early Christmas present. I think see noticed I was getting depressed not going on my 4 to 5 rides per week like I did during the summer.
We opted for the CycleOps Fluid 2. It has a good balance between price and features. If I was a pro cyclist, I might have opted to get a more expensive trainer. However, cycling is just a hobby of mine, and the CycleOps Fluid 2 training is a perfect fit for my needs.
With the trainer I am able to focus on my heart rate zone to hopefully increase my cardio over the winter. I use an Apple Watch to monitor my heart rate, and I’m thinking about getting a Garmin setup with speed and cadence sensor along with a heart rate monitor. I think the next big step in my cycling is having more control over how much energy I’m outputting.
My goal this winter is to train 3 times per week on the trainer, and weight life at least once per week.
I hope everyone has a good Christmas and New Years.
Thanks for reading 🙂