It’s official, winter is coming. If you live anywhere like us (Bristol, in the south-west of England, if you were wondering), the clocks have now changed, the roads and trails are a carpet of fallen leaves, and there’s a distinct chill in the air.
For an increasing number of riders, winter riding season is now indoor cycling season.
That’s not to say there’s no joy in riding on a crisp, clear winter’s day – it can be one of our favourite times of the year – but with short days, long nights and inclement weather, indoor training is a way for many riders to keep the pedals turning and fitness up.
Indoor training is also more interactive than ever, thanks to the rise of smart trainers and indoor cycling apps. You can throw yourself into a structured training plan, pedal through virtual worlds or compete against other riders.
With that in mind, we’re here with a new mini-series of the BikeRadar Podcast, dedicated to indoor training. Over four episodes, we’ll cover setup tips, how to choose a smart trainer, coaching advice and plenty more.
Episode four | 6 tips to stay motivated through winter
George and Simon return for the final episode in our indoor training mini-series.
This time it’s all about motivation and how you can stay on top of your training this winter.
Episode three | Coaching Q&A with Wahoo’s Mac Cassin
It’s time for episode three of the series, with BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief, George Scott, joined by Mac Cassin, senior physiologist at Wahoo Fitness.
Want to get the most out of your indoor training sessions? George quizzes Mac on training zones, workouts, training plans, bike fit, nutrition and much more.
To read more on the topics discussed, follow these links:
- Functional Threshold Power
- Training zones
- Base training
- Sweetspot training
- VO2 max
- Power vs heart rate
- How to train with a power meter
Episode two | How to choose the best smart trainer
BikeRadar’s George Scott and Simon Bromley are back for episode two – a deep dive into the world of smart trainers.
George and Simon take a closer look at how to choose the right smart trainer for your needs, covering budget, their favourite options and the key features to look out for.
Make sure you also check out our round-up of the best smart trainers, with BikeRadar’s pick of the very best products on the market at a range of prices.
Episode one | Our indoor training setup tips and tricks
For the first episode, BikeRadar’s editor-in-chief, George Scott, is joined by senior technical writer, Simon Bromley.
George and Simon discuss what you need to get started with indoor training, chat through their personal training setups, and share a few tips and tricks for using a smart trainer.
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