f you have a Time Trial bike for racing ideally you’d do as much of your training as possible on it in your racing position. In the UK this can be a real challenge with the weather, the traffic along, weather, narrow roads, undulating terrain and bad surfaces.
Like a lot of other people I’ve used the extra time I have during the lockdown to do some more training!! And with no pools open and no gyms I’ve ended up doing a bit more cycling on my turbo. And boom….week 1 and I’ve given myself my first lockdown injury. Saddle sore!
Should I get on my turbo or go outside? Which is better for me? Of course there’s a lot of personal preference and some triathletes hate getting on their turbo and only ever go outside which I totally get. On the other hand I have athletes that will only ride outside on a blue sky 20 degree kind of day. Which I also get!
We’ve had some pretty crappy weather recently what with Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. All that rain and wind can be a real downer on any training especially if you have a long ride or long run planned and know you’ll be busy on a different week.
A while back I went to a yoga class for the first time in about 6 months. It was the first yoga class organised by my local triathlon club so we started at the beginning. So as yoga goes it wasn’t particularly demanding but it was definitely a good wake-up call for my brain and my body.
I have some athletes that refuse to ever get on a turbo and only ride outside! I have other athletes who are the opposite and I can’t get them outside unless it’s blue skies and 20 degrees. And everyone in between.