I think this would help in the winter and exteme heat, even tho I have not tried them I feel that indoor training can be effective when you can't do it outdoors. But thats just me, a little ole 5K runner. 3472 days ago
Haven't tried many DVDs - I think they are okay early in the season for general prep when the weather is bad or it's just too hard to get out. I've done some of the Chris Carmichael (coach of Lance Armstrong) sessions and found them nicely hard. Specific training out on the road is best, especially closer to your race but if you're early in your preparation or it's the difference between getting some training in or not, then they may be useful. 3475 days ago
I have not. I've found spinning does little to prepare for actual riding my bike up a hill though haha. but I'm sure it can't hurt for when you just can't hit the roads... I live in flat flat flat Chicago so it's tough for me to prepare any other way personally. I just try to crank the resistance and go as long as I can out of the saddle but it'd probably be better to follow a video routine like this.... with some rhyme or reason to your workout :) 3475 days ago
I have two of them and they are pretty good for training in inclement weather. You can just pop your bike into a trainer, set up a little table nearby for all your stuff and ride. I think he gives some pretty good advice, and when you get tired of listening to the same dialogue you can opt out of the voice overs. It beats riding staring at the wall! 3475 days ago
The only experience I have had was with a spin DVD that came with my cycleops trainer, it was called Race Day, It was a high intensity workout, that had you simulating hills and speeds. It was pretty cool. Sure helped us get through the winter : ) Its a great tool if your looking to add a spin workout to your home routine. I hope this was helpful. 3476 days ago
I haven't tried them yet, mostly because the area where I have my trainer set up doesn't have a TV. But I have heard great things about them. It's like having a spin class in your own house;-) If you get them, let me know how you like them. We are moving soon and hopefully my next "gym" will have a TV!
Great job with the brick workout today, BTW!!!! 3476 days ago
IIWM, I would not buy DVDs. You need a training plan you can print and then follow it. Bricks are a must. I only did a duathalon, but I can tell you...the practice/transition is so important. It is a challenging but rewarding process. To have that preparation (away from a TV for sure) is the most critical. Decide your plan/approach and just have the printed schedule to follow. GL and enjoy! Believe it or not, I feel my duathalon was more challenging than any other 'running only' events I have done thus far. 3476 days ago
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