Success with Stamina
Success with Stamina
A little blog about being a triathlon coach. Here you'll find a little diary about my activities as a coach, the performances of the people I work with and my thoughts and opinions on what makes athletes faster for longer.

Making the turbo your friend!

AndyBby AndyBJan 10th 2010
Of course all training is fun, but how can we make a turbo session more fun?!

The road conditions are getting better here but I'm still not so sure about going outside on a road bike. Even when the snow and ice has gone there can be times when the weather outside is just too wet or cold to get in a decent ride so the turbo might be the next option. As I have been doing a bit of this recently I thought I'd share some areas to think about when using a turbo and some ways I keep it interesting.

There are a few extra considerations to think about that may not immediately spring to mind when comparing your turbo session to riding your bike outside. These include:

Increased heat

Not having the air constantly pass you means you get hotter. If your turbo is outside or in an outer building (garage) then you may wish to wear layers of clothing you can take off bit by bit as you get hotter. If inside you may need to turn off the heating and strip down to small amounts of clothing. Having a fan or two near by is really useful to help keep the air moving around you.


With the increase in body temperature and the extra sweating it is always important to make sure you are drinking enough during the session. Using a sports drink with electrolytes in it will also help top up the slats your body is constantly sweating out


The increased core body temperature and potential de-hydration can both increase the recovery time from your turbo session. Keep this in mind when considering the above two points.

Increased pedalling.

Never really being faced with a downhill your pedalling is likely to be much more constant. You may have heard that a turbo session is worth double the time on the road. This will obviously depend on how much you pedal on the road but I prefer to think a more general rule of sum is to say 1 hour is about 1 1/2 hours on the road.

Looking after your bike.

Most people on a turbo sweat. Too much sweat in the wrong places on your bike can end up doing some damage. A good towel or even a bike thong ( to save you googling and getting things you might not expect) or even a good old towel will help you keep the sweat from your frame.

Lack of bike handling skills

Ok so this might be an obvious one, but with your bike firmly locked into your turbo you needn't worry about holding it up straight! This might be a potential negative area but there are other ways of using your time wisely on a turbo to help prevent becoming a hamster on a wheel!
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