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I'm a previously unsporty 20 something that has been trying very hard at tri for the last 6 years with minimal success! I love the sport to the extent that I helped my husband set up 'The Triathlon Shop' three years ago and have recently started working there full-time having given up a career in accountancy.

I'm lucky to be in the industry I love and often get to try out kit before it is released. When I do get to play with fun triathlon toys I tend to write a little review about my experiences. I also like to blog about my pathetic attempts to train and the fun I have in the summer racing and supporting all my friends at races.

Time to Turbo

twiggyby twiggyJan 21st 2013
A couple of months ago an email went out around work saying that a few people were planning to do the Action Medical Bath100 for charity and they were looking for people to join them. Without even thinking about it I entered myself and my husband on the spot. For some reason I decided that I would be fine cycling 100 miles with 5900ft of climbing despite having never cycled more than 55 miles in one go!

Mallorca showed me that if I was going to be able to complete this ride I was going to have to do some training. Unfortunatly the snow has ruined my chances of getting some nice long country road based rides done so I have turned to the Turbo!

Myself and the husband decided that the best use of our wedding present money was to buy ourselves a fancy turbo for those moments when we just dont fancy it outside or for night time sessions. Having testing most turbos on the market we settled on a BKOOL. You may not have heard of one of these before but they are brilliant value for money.

For £399 you get an ant+ compatible wireless turbo with software that enables you to do all sorts of jazzy stuff. You can ride along to real life videos (while the turbo adjusts your resistance based on gradient), you can ride preset sessions, you can ride velodrome, you can play multiplayer and in my opinion the coolest option - you can ride routes you have recorded on your garmin with google earth footage on your screen as you ride.
Time to Turbo
Me riding through Bristol on my training ride to Nailsea!

What this means is I can ride the bath100 route whenever I want in the comfort of my own home. Obviously you dont get quite the same experience, but its perfect when I wouldnt be training otherwise. I can even check my progress by competing against my last effort each time. This is perfect for me because to be honest I hate turbo sessions. I get so bored. This way I can be kept amused for long enough to get a good hour done at least, which is pretty good when my longest ever exercise bike session before this was 15mins before getting bored and giving up.
Time to Turbo
Got to love the banana socks!

So from now on I need to add a few hours of turbo a week to my diary, and wierdly I'm actually looking forward to being able to play on my gadget.
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