When the hard lockdown was announced I had a bit of a panic. I had no indoor trainer and there were queues outside bike shops with trainers being auctioned off to the highest bidder, well beyond my budget. I wasn’t going to give up though, this was my best start to a year ever. My numbers were looking really good and I was seeing all-time bests pop up in my Training Peaks uploads on a regular basis.
That’s not the takeaway from this story though, as after installing Zwift and figuring my way around the platform, I began to actually look forward to my indoor sessions. Yes I had to stick a towel underneath the rear roller to provide some extra resistance, but I was getting the sessions done, and well. I was also feeling rested thanks to more sleep, no commute to wake up early for and no stairs to have to climb - everyone knows stairs are the real killer of recovery.
Now that everything is open (our local trails are allowing access and we can exit the 5 km radius) it’s a balancing act, but a fun one. There’s an added dimension to my training now that wasn’t there previously. The usual schedule of road rides during the week and trails on the weekends now includes the possibility of an indoor ride too. With a wet Cape winter, that can be anything from 1 ride a week to 3 indoor rides a week. It makes planning a week more enjoyable knowing there’s always another option and it keeps things interesting, which has inevitably led to better training.
While the lockdown has not been a positive experience, there are some positives that can be taken out of it, especially for us outdoor types who hated the thought of indoor training. Call me a convert if you will, hell, I’ve even got rid of those rollers and brought in a direct drive trainer. Hopefully, it will bring me many more training gains. And a happier marriage.