To make it short, how much of the training done in a recumbent bicycle translate into an upright?
Due changing life circumstances, I had leave my bicycles with dual side power meter, smart trainer and trainer road behind and it is going to take at least a year before I’m stable enough to rebuild a comparable setup. The complex of my new apartment has a decent gym… except it has horrible stationary bicycles with nonadjustable, huge seats that are far too uncomfortable for me to use. I was able to do a much better workout on the recumbent bicycle.
If I do my training on the recumbent bicycle, will I be able to maintain a respectable cycling fitness? I have resigned to the fact that my training is going to be suboptimal, but I was hoping to keep an acceptable level of fitness and not waste all of my hard earned 320FTP…
A friend of mine rode a bent for a few years after a mountain biking injury made it too painful to ride. He did some incredible stuff on that bike, including winning some events which banned his setup AFTER he won (the bent was legal when he entered).
NOw he is back to riding upright, and he seems to be doing just fine. Like the good doctor above said, cardio is cardio.