Indoor Bike Training, Kona, and YOU!
On this past Sunday, July 28th, I competed for the 4th time at Ironman Lake Placid. For
the 4th time, I was fortunate enough to qualify for the Ironman World Championships
this October in Kona. Iʼm not going to write (another) lengthy race report about how I
felt pre-race and during the swim, bike, and run segments. It hurt. The whole thing.
Youʼve already read those. You could also look up my splits online if youʼre completely
bored out of your skull. At the age of 43, I set my Ironman PR (albeit, by only 2
minutes). Instead, I wanted to talk about how indoor training at Targetraining has been
crucial in my development as an athlete.
As youʼve no doubt noticed, we do not live in Southern California, or even Arizona. Not
only do we have a long New England winter, we also have a spring and fall which can
be, at best, ﬁckle. Therefore, the ability for you to ride your bike, and even run,
throughout the entire year is very challenging. Unless you ride indoors. Minute for
minute, it is impossible to beat an indoor bike workout for efﬁciency and quality training.
Outdoors you must deal with stop signs, lights, road debris, downhills, and yes,
motorists. An hour and a half ride, when done properly indoors, is an exceptional
workout. If you are already a TT client, you no doubt will appreciate this. Having found
what your threshold power is, you are equipped to perform workouts which challenge
you in a number of physiological ways. Consistent indoor bike training is guaranteed to
make you a better cyclist.
Leading classes out of TT Greenwich, I am riding my bike indoors either 2 or 3 times a
week-- all year long. I use the winter time to develop speciﬁc leg strength that will carry
me through 112 miles in July and October. A favorite workout of mine (and many of my
friends) is a straight climbing session up Mt. Lemmon or Mt. Graham. I canʼt think of a
better way to spend 3 hours!
But what if your goal is not to qualify for Kona? What if your goal is to lose weight,
improve your ﬁtness, ﬁnish your ﬁrst triathlon, or beat your buddy on the Saturday ride?
Indoor bike training is the way to get you there. Riding indoors with a group of people is
incredibly motivating and you will be able to push yourself so much harder than if you
were alone, in your basement, on a trainer. If you are not cycling indoors regularly, give
it a try. If you were but it has been awhile, come on back. I am living proof that indoor
cycling works. Speaking of which, I will be getting ready for Kona by riding my bike,
indoors, every Tuesday and Thursday a.m. in Greenwich. Come join me and reach