I am an anomaly I think in that I LOVE the bike trainer. I have been riding my trainer year round for the last 8 years at least when I realized that trying to ride in the city of Toronto and have a quality session was not easy. I tried the Bridle Path loop, I tried Sunnybrook park and when it took me half my ride to get there and I had to still watch for cars while trying to ride the loops I thought the trainer would be best. And not to mention in the nice weather I could put it in my yard and wake up with the sun! I sought out many well used DVD programs and bike trainer workout books. Used my trusty heart rate monitor and away I went . Then last winter one of my clients told me he had been using this great program called Trainer Road. I was HOOKED from the get go. Really I could turn my bike into a power meter based set up for what ? $10 a month ?! Are you kidding me ? Most power meters are in the thousands of dollars. So I get about 20 years of power based workout data for the same price? Plus from ride #1 I looked so forwards to my next workout. Really this syncs with Sufferfest, Epic Rides, Real Rides etc? Now I was downloading many movies to go along with the Trainer Road program.
Questions about the program, how to integrate it and any technical issues? These guys who built the program are amazing! The quickest feedback I could ever have hoped for and will work to figure out the problem until it is done. Awesome.
Now for the results …..after 6 months of following the Sweetspot and Build programs plus interchanging with some of the video workouts and searching the huge database of workouts other than those in the program I was ready to test my new found fitness on the roads! Hills that used to seem daunting were so much easier ! My main male riding partner was not keeping up with me for those long efforts on the bike! And my race results we’re much stronger on the bike and run! This is very cool I thought.
A year later and I still look forward to each and every Trainer Road workout. I am finding out new and interesting things all the time . Like how to get it to sync with Best Bike Split so I can also ride the 70.3 and other courses. The above photo is last weekend’s Syracuse course. I did almost full ride, planning on 2:30 time.
The other awesome thing about these guys and this program is they are always updating, upgrading, adding new workouts and getting feedback from the users themselves on what we want. How awesome is that! All for less than $10 a month if you choose a yearly option.
Recently I was included as a Trainer Road Ambassador. I am so excited to pass on the passion for this program to others . I have some discount codes for anyone interested in giving it a try .
Reply to this blog and I will be happy to pass one along!