Here in Greenville, SC, as we approach the middle of January, it is finally starting to feel like winter. With the cold of winter comes the question - how, when, and where to train? It is often too cold or too late to really get quality outdoor training done in the middle of the week. So, the indoor workouts can be our best friends during the winter months.
Training indoors can offer great benefits as it is a great way to start with your base for the season ahead, a great way to perform intervals without having to worry about outside factors such as traffic, weather, etc..., and also a great way to enjoy constant feedback from a machine such as a treadmill, a stationary bike, or an indoor bike trainer.
As with any form of workouts, choosing the correct equipment is key. For instance, what kind of bike trainer you need can vary depending on your needs and expectations. If you only need to be on the trainer for a few hours a week and have a good feel for you heart rate and perceived effort, an inexpensive magnetic trainer might be the best bet for you. If on the other hand, you are an experienced triathlete and aiming for a sub 10 Hour Ironman, a $1,500 CompuTrainer, which gives you a variety of feedback such as Speed, Cadence, Power, Heart Rate, and many others, may be the best bet for you.
For more information about winter training, check out this article written by the staff of Carmichael Training Systems. Check out Tri Your Best or email coach@TriYourBest.com for more information.