Indoor cycling was once dreaded, but thanks to the invention of smart trainers and the launch of new online workout platforms like Zwift, TrainerRoad, PowerWatts, Rouvy, and others, cyclists and triathletes view riding inside as just another tool in the training toolbox.
We explore the science to find the best ways to use indoor cycling and smart trainers for effective training.
Today’s smart trainers and online tools allow us to “game-ify” the experience of cycling training indoors and they are making many re-consider how they feel about riding indoors. We're looking at the training benefits, differences of experience on the trainer versus on the road, inertia generated by the trainer, and its impact on our biomechanics.
Dr. Stephen Cheung leads a discussion on indoor cycling, including heat management, adaptive differences between indoor and outdoor workouts, and what to do with those "nice" winter days when you can sneak outdoors.
Used strategically, riding inside can be a beneficial way to keep motivation high, effectively add intensity, and stave off winter training doldrums. With the help of Joe Friel, Dr. Stephen Seiler, and others, we explore all aspects of riding inside.
Endurance athletes inevitably face the challenges imposed by training and racing in the heat. How do our bodies respond, and what are ways that we can best prepare? Learn how to beat the heat with advice from Dr. Stephen Cheung, Dr. Stephen Seiler, and a range of experts and coaches.