In the winter, there is one tool that I use more than any other. It is my trusty wind trainer. This is one of the cheapest investments any triathlete can make. I would recommend some wind trainer time even if you live in Arizona, California, or Florida where you can ride outside all year long. The trainer is a great tool and only costs a few hundred dollars; although if you want a fancier model and have more money to invest the trainers with power from Cyclops or Computrainer are amazing tools. However, the basic wind trainer is not to be overlooked for it’s utility and benefits to any athlete from pro to beginner.
Here are some the reasons I think the bike turbo trainer will help you improve:
- Simply there is no coasting or freewheeling. If you are on the bike then you are putting out power. This makes it like a flat ride into a headwind, which is also great for training.
- There is no risk of traffic. You can put your head down and hammer away without having to worry about cars, lights, pot holes, glass, and any other obstacles that are on the open road.
- It is measureable. If you are using power or speed, you can do the same session weekly and track your improvements.
- You can simulate hills if you live in a flat locale. Using resistance you can simulate hills and flats to work on improving your strength and working at different cadences to improve your overall cycling.
- For an easy ride, you can work on your pedal technique doing one-leg drills or mix up your cadence to work on your weaknesses.
Well, best of luck in your off-season and hope to see you at the races in 2013!