Answer: Ride The Indoor Trainer
Here is Why:
Whether you've just begun your training, or if you're in the middle of your racing season, here's 7 good reasons why you should ride the indoor trainer this year.
1. You don't have to worry about the weather
When you train indoors, you get to decide the conditions. You are not affected by the weather which means better, higher quality training.
2. It's safer indoors
Not just because you're home away from lunatic drivers but because during the winter months you don't have to spend so much time in the dark and you don't have to risk falling off in ice and snow.
3. You don't have to worry about anything or anybody else
No need to worry about traffic, stoplights, pedestrians, animals, waiting for other riders, flats etc. This means you can control your own session and concentrate on getting the most from it.
4. It's warmer
You don't have to put all those layers of winter clothing on to train- just a good pair of shorts and a towel is all you need.
You won't have to worry about injuries brought on by the cold either because you'll be at home nice and warm.
5. You'll save time
Training indoors saves you time for one important reason. Because you are pedaling against a continuous resistance on the indoor trainer, your sessions can be shorter than they would be if you were training on the road. Your efforts go uninterrupted so you can afford to reduce your training time knowing that you have still made a worthwhile training effort.
6. You can go MUCH harder than you can outdoors
The main reason why using the indoor trainer can produce such good results. It allows you to undertake the kind of interval training that is simply not realistic on the open road. You can go so hard that you may even feel noxious but without the need to worry about controlling the bike when you're riding flat out.
7. You can control and monitor your progress more effectively
Ride indoors and you can make certain that each time you ride the conditions are identical. This means you can effectively monitor your progress from session to session and know when your body is ready to train hard and when it needs a rest.
Don't think it works? Read this:
Former world hour record holder Graeme Obree rode an incredible 32.75 miles during his hour record. He prepared for this record by riding flat out on his indoor trainer several times per week.
Ex professional Tour De France Yellow Jersey holder and stage winner Sean Yates was quoted last year as saying:
"I've been riding 2-3 hours per day in the mornings and spending the rest of my time on the trainer"
Both riders and countless other pros understand the importance of doing high intensity work on the indoor trainer.
In summary, training on the indoor trainer can help you:
* Develop a hugely powerful aerobic base on which to build your season
* Develop and increase your power output on the bike for all races and conditions
* Develop your ability to sprint and to sprint further
* Build your top end power and be able to sustain it for longer
* Be able to climb more powerfully and effectively
* Smash your time trial personal bests
* And actually win bike races!
Good luck with your season!