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Old 10-23-02, 01:28 PM   #1
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Turbo training. Winter program

Heres a link to Joe Beer's free monthly programs which were published in this months Cycling Plus.
http://www.jbst.com/i-Coaching-2002.html
Joe is a qualified fitness scientist and professional coach and ironman triathlete.
Check out the rest of his site
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Thank you for that very informative link!
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Okay...I'm looking at the November Session two, where it says that you're supposed to ride with your "eyes closed 3 min".

Can somone explain the theory behind this...I've never heard of riding with your eyes closed...You'd think this would be the exact thing you would not do. Instead, you should practice riding your trainer with your head up, looking ahead, and eyes wide open! You shouldn't practice bad habits like riding with your eyes closed on a trainer.
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Okay...I'm looking at the November Session two, where it says that you're supposed to ride with your "eyes closed 3 min".

Can somone explain the theory behind this...I've never heard of riding with your eyes closed...You'd think this would be the exact thing you would not do. Instead, you should practice riding your trainer with your head up, looking ahead, and eyes wide open! You shouldn't practice bad habits like riding with your eyes closed on a trainer.
When you clean the oven you have to put your head in some time!..... no one would think of doing it while the oven is on I hope ?, I guess its a question of commensense.
I personally don't have any trouble keeping my eyes open when I'm out cycling

I'm guessing but it is probably a suggestion to aid concentration and focusing the mind. Competitive sports scientists recognise the power of focusing the mind, like in time trialing for instance. Its a major part of sports coaching these days at Bath University for instance one of the top Europe coaching schools

Why not ask Joe beer he is sure to welcome some feedback ,after all his site information is posted just for us folk


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I'm guessing but it is probably a suggestion to aid concentration and focusing the mind. Competitive sports scientists recognise the power of focusing the mind, like in time trialing for instance.
Yes, that's what I figured as well. But, seriously, if you can't concentrate and focus with your eyes open, maybe you should find a different sport...

I just don't see the point of actually making it a part of a training program that has the title of working on "technique". Closing your eyes surely doesn't sound like cycling technique to me.
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Well I haven't actually had a chance to look at the programs yet myself.
I'd sure be interested in the reason if you do ask Joe.

I am going to try training with the videos if I can find the URL again. I saw it posted the other day too.
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Thanks! these are excellent... i have been doin Friels training 3-4 times a week indoors.. and mark allans suggestions for ultra training during the summer on top of regular cycling outdoors.. 150-200 miles a week.
i needed a change... i appreciate the link..
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Closing your eyes surely doesn't sound like cycling technique to me.
Ever stoked a tandem?

I'd heard that blind riders make the *best* stokers...so I decided to try closing my eyes once in awhile(on the tandem). It's truly an amazing sensation. It becomes very easy to "be one with the bike" and really start thinking of your body as the engine that is supplying power to the machine. Not sure if I described that well.
My guess is that it is just a visualization technique.

True...don't try it on your single on the road!
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This is not right. All workouts are done on the small ring!!!

Hey, many of us can spin on the big ring too (53 x 17).
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