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Researching Cycling Training Methods

Old 10-09-23, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
A training plan just makes the whole process a bit more efficient. Although a fixed plan can be less effective than doing whatever you feel like. I use an adaptive plan when I really want to get into peak shape for a specific event, but I also use your method when I'm not training for anything specific. A good plan does tend to boost my performance over free ranging, but only for the short term.

Most people I ride with use a Smart trainer. The one guy who doesn't has really fallen behind in his relative bike fitness. He's planning to buy a Smart trainer this winter and I expect he will be a lot stronger next spring.
It's funny you say most people you ride with have a smart trainer. When I bought mine they were still few and far between, with the Kickr Core being a new lower price point that allowed people like myself to just buy one, otherwise it was a huge expenditure on a potential clothes rack. They are cheaper still now and there are probably a lot on the used market too from people that never got into it. I would talk to people on rides and almost nobody was doing it except the real serious riders.

The problem I found every time I'd start a structured plan was that I'd fall behind almost immediately even though I'd be on the trainer 4-5 times a week, or conversely I'd be in the mood to ride hard and the plan said it was an easy day of soft pedaling or spinning. I just never seemed to be in sync with it and would give up on the plan.

Edit: I saw that my post from yesterday in the thread was my 7500th! It'll take 6 more years to get to 10k, except I don't post nearly as much as I used to so probably longer.

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Old 10-09-23, 03:25 PM
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I hope it was realized I was kidding about the scram and get out of here! <grin>
Yup. No reply to my question of whether this was for personal use or marketing research.

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Old 10-10-23, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by zacster
It's funny you say most people you ride with have a smart trainer. When I bought mine they were still few and far between, with the Kickr Core being a new lower price point that allowed people like myself to just buy one, otherwise it was a huge expenditure on a potential clothes rack. They are cheaper still now and there are probably a lot on the used market too from people that never got into it. I would talk to people on rides and almost nobody was doing it except the real serious riders.

The problem I found every time I'd start a structured plan was that I'd fall behind almost immediately even though I'd be on the trainer 4-5 times a week, or conversely I'd be in the mood to ride hard and the plan said it was an easy day of soft pedaling or spinning. I just never seemed to be in sync with it and would give up on the plan.

Edit: I saw that my post from yesterday in the thread was my 7500th! It'll take 6 more years to get to 10k, except I don't post nearly as much as I used to so probably longer.
A lot of people I know started using trainers during the pandemic lockdown. I already had a home gym set up a few years earlier and I got into Zwift just before the lockdown. Before that I was using a Smart fitness bike with its own software for power based intervals. But it wasn't as much fun as Zwift, Rouvy, SYSTM etc with a Smart bike.

I agree about fixed structured plans sometimes getting out of sync with your mood and energy levels. I just use them more as a guideline rather than a rigid plan. But they help me to improve my weaknesses which I would tend to avoid without a plan.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
A lot of people I know started using trainers during the pandemic lockdown.
It wasn't the lockdown that got me onto a trainer. I was actually riding more outdoors -- on solo rides only. It was a way to get outside safely, and the roads were practically empty.

It was the crazy wet Winter we had this year, when riding outside was miserable and pretty dangerous.
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