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Old 06-12-10, 12:48 AM
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Roller training sessions

Anybody got any tips for training sessions on rollers? How can you get the most out of your time on them? Right now I just ride them for recovery sessions, hop on for half an hour or an hour and spin fairly easy. The times I've wanted to go a bit harder I've listened to some heavy metal and varied my pace a bit depending on the music. But are there any ideas how to get the greatest training benefit on them? I just want some ideas for next off season, when I'll use them more. I don't have a turbo BTW, and no space nor inclination to get one.
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Old 06-12-10, 12:51 AM
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last i checked, it's almost summer, or does cambridge have a micro-climate?
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I've been reading about trainers and looking at getting rollers. Some reading suggests that 1km on the trainer can be worth 2 on the road, due to no lights, no drafting and no coasting.

The idea I think is to plan in some form of interval training, so that a 1/2 - 1 hour can give you a big bang for your time. I've started on indoor trainers with intervals, but not sure of how it is different to rollers (or if it is).

First step - have a goal. Once you have a goal, you can set up a plan - individually, or with help on the Internets, books, software or a coach (having someone to assist and ask questions off is well worth the money - I am finding it helping with inspiration and focusing on the right areas during our winter here).
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Old 06-12-10, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
last i checked, it's almost summer, or does cambridge have a micro-climate?
Ha ha, yes, it is. But in idle moments at work I like to ponder my training plan. When I've pondered and analysed my training plan for the next few months long enough, I like to worry and fret about what I'll do in the off season. Some people think about clothes or what they'll cook for dinner.
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Old 06-15-10, 04:38 PM
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Pick any of the structured interval workouts in the included link.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ut-recipe-book

Use a fan to cool you off, use a towel under your rollers to add more resistance (cheap-o style).
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Some reading suggests that 1km on the trainer can be worth 2 on the road, due to no lights, no drafting and no coasting.
That makes absolutely no sense for several different reasons.
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That makes absolutely no sense for several different reasons.
You can't forget that the speeds are also directly comparable
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The day any of you go 1km on a trainer, be sure to let me know. I'll alert the media.
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Originally Posted by tallmantim View Post
I've been reading about trainers and looking at getting rollers. Some reading suggests that 1km on the trainer can be worth 2 on the road, due to no lights, no drafting and no coasting.

The idea I think is to plan in some form of interval training, so that a 1/2 - 1 hour can give you a big bang for your time. I've started on indoor trainers with intervals, but not sure of how it is different to rollers (or if it is).

First step - have a goal. Once you have a goal, you can set up a plan - individually, or with help on the Internets, books, software or a coach (having someone to assist and ask questions off is well worth the money - I am finding it helping with inspiration and focusing on the right areas during our winter here).
You're sticking your nose in the wrong place lassie.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
last i checked, it's almost summer, or does cambridge have a micro-climate?
I remember visiting my Granny and Grandpa in Cambridge one summer....got off the train from London in the middle of June in a snow flurry...
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