TheTrainer to Road Transition

Discussion in 'Cycling Training' started by Ade Merckx, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Ade Merckx

    Ade Merckx New Member

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    I know some people have harsh winters and spend a significant amount of time on the trainer doing L4, L5 L6 etc efforts. When you return to the road is the positive training effect felt immediately or do you almost have re find you road legs again?
     
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  2. DancenMacabre

    DancenMacabre New Member

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    Hi Ade....the 3 things i noticed coming off months of being locked away in the workout vault (aka trainer)...

    I had to get used to the elements again

    The trainer tends to see me adopt a progressively lower cadence, so there was an adjustment of needing to get used to smaller gears rather than grinding out a big cog.

    Finally and best of all...i had to get used to all that power gained thanks to the long trainer sessions :)
     
  3. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    When I got back outside after seven straight months on the trainer it would take me about two weeks to start seeing substantial power increases but my power would be at least equal to what I could do on the trainer on day one. And from the first day outside the RPE was generally lower for a similar effort and time flew compared to time indoors on the trainer.

    So in terms of 'getting road legs' it sort of depends on what you're comparing to. Outdoor riding seems easier for the same power and more enjoyable from the first day but I'd typically see fairly big power increases after a couple weeks outdoors so maybe that's when my 'road legs' kicked in.

    FWIW in '08 we had a really long hard winter and I raced a 3 day stage race in April straight off the trainer without a single day of outdoor riding since the previous October. I raced well, had a good time trial finished each stage with the lead group and managed 7th or 8th IIRC in GC straight off the trainer. So dealing with things like pack dynamics, surges, sprints, terrain variations, etc. wasn't a big deal even after a huge unbroken block of indoor training. YMMV.

    -Dave
     
  4. CalicoCat

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    It really doesn't take that long to find your legs and your rhythm on the road after a winter of indoor training. I am usually just so happy to be outside again, that I feel like a kid on the bike!!!! . . . and, if you can push hard enough to suffer outdoors (RPE) the way you suffer indoors, you will be flying!
     
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