It’s been a whilst since I last blogged about my half ironman journey.
First things first, setting up the turbotrainer!
After looking at various options on the market – and being a complete noob at turbotrainers and indoor cycle training having never attended a spin class, I opted for the following product available from Halfords for £120 and came with a 52% or £130 saving in the Christmas sale. (thanks to my awesome Mrs for a most excellent Christmas present! xxx)
This turbotrainer came with good reviews and a number of accessories including a mat, front-wheel riser & sweat protector.
Setting up the product itself was easy – just use the allen key provided… and you are away….! It took around 10minutes and is really easy to use.
Once setup, I did my first session – wow! It was great!
The unit itself provides a variety of resistances & training levels – and so far I am very happy.
I currently am setup in the garage, but I can foresee me relocating to the back garden on the decking once the weather permits – sadly my garage does not have an electricity, although, that said, I am thinking of attaching a dynamo to the unit to power some lights… but so far have been practicing by torchlight & scaring the neighbours!
I have only done a few sessions to date – but at this time I am concentrating on pacing / cadence & stroke rhythm. I have done a couple of 20km sessions, and a slightly longer 35km session. The 35km session highlighted that even after a few sessions my cadence and stroke rhythm has improved – a graph of the 35km session is shown below.
- Indoor cycling, Jan 6, 2015 5:34 PM
Indoor cycling; Jan 12, 2015 5:28 PM
- Indoor cycling; Jan 13, 2015 5:44 PM
*it should be noted, a lot of the cadence drop-offs are actually the garmin not receiving / satellite issues on the ridedated, Jan 12.
So far I am really enjoying it – it is a great bit of kit – and am really looking forward to spending more time cranking through the km’s over the next few months!
Next thing on the agenda ….a new saddle…!