Why is indoor training so beneficial?
I often hear from many cyclists say that indoor training is boring and would rather ride outdoors all season long risking life and limb. Don't get me wrong, outdoor training has its place and time. However, let me share with you 5 Benefits for Indoor Cycling that I feel every cyclist looking to enhance their fitness should take into consideration throughout the year, not just in the winter.
5 Benefits of Indoor Training You Should Consider
2. Time Management
Training indoors is more focused than riding outside since there are no distractions. It is just you and your bike; so you can focus on your pedaling efficiency, power production (if you have a power meter), and exertion levels. With the demands on our time we have since we are so busy, indoor training ensures you get the best workout you can in the shortest time possible.
3. Quality vs Quantity
Training indoors gives you structure to focus on what you want to accomplish. As with most things, quality is better than quantity.
4. Measure Improvements
Since your environment is always the same, it is very easy to track your workouts week-to-week and see if you are getting better, and if so, in what areas. It is very difficult to do a structured workout outdoors with constantly changing terrain. Even comparing your times on the exact same bike route can be skewed by changes in weather, stoplight sequences, flats, wind etc.
5. Mental Toughness
Training indoors is were we separate those that just ride their bikes to those that Train with Purpose.
The focus on mental toughness helps you off the bike as well.
Mental toughness can be improved by adopting a habitual belief in your abilities. In relation to cycling, physical discomfort provides an obstacle to work on the habit. It could be a high-pressure assignment at work, delivering a keynote address at a banquet … anything outside your comfort-zone. (Being mentally tough allows you to breakthrough and break down barriers that may impede your performance.)
Hello all, Coach David here at your service. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog page. I hope that you find this information informative to enhance your training experience.