How often do you stop riding during indoor workout?

Depends how long the indoor ride is, and if I need to get off the bike for any reason it’s not an issue. Not that I consider this however you led with it - my “AI FTP” isn’t TR, and my eFTP/mFTP isn’t affected by stops.

  • I assume you are actually talking about AT (Adaptive Training) since that is directly connected to workouts and the surveys at the end of them? Just trying to make sure we are discussing the related TR feature mentioned here.

  • Presumably you are getting some sort of struggle or fail flagged from your frequent stops?


Ive jumped on the trainer a few times only to notice I’ve forgotten something, I might jump of to get that. But ordinarily I don’t plan on stopping.

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I stop for bio breaks once in a while. Always on the recovery interval. The only times I can think of that I’ve stopped in the middle of something intense was during Disaster, or when I failed.

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I stop for tissues (happened yesterday… damn colds seem to last forever lately), moving my ANT plug to a slightly better spot to make the connection better for TR (nothing worse than it dropping at the end of a vo2 effort and not going back down to recovery effort right away), picking up dropped bottles, and rarely the intensity. I also giggle at the instructions to pedal backwards or skip intervals. I think my app will pause the workout and pick right up where I left off.

  • That is setting and device related.

  • If you turn this setting off, it will continue to run the workout even if you coast or backpedal. That is what the workout text is relating to.

  • So it’s worth a test in the other setting if you are aiming to try something different. But keep in mind the new need to manually hit the Pause if/when desired with this set to Off.


Thank you very much!


That’s exactly what I do, and thus Adaptive doesn’t say I’m pausing. I’ll use the feedback to tell it if I have paused too much for reasons that aren’t me just randomly stopping.


If I stop during a ‘hard’ workout (sweet spot or above) its because of failure to complete an interval. This hasn’t happened in the past six months - maybe a handful of times a year I do intervals that push me to failure. I’ve certainly just jinxed myself into failing something this coming week

I do, pretty consistently, stop during ‘easy’ workouts (endurance or tempo) to use the bathroom. In the picture below you can see the slight HR drop from when I paused and resumed. I was off the bike maybe 2-3 minutes total at around the 3:30 mark. This has never, to my knowledge, impacted my progressions in the TR ecosystem, and it certainly doesn’t impact the actual physical adaptations I’m going for in workouts like this

ETA: I don’t like the pause functionality - so I actually go to the device screen in the desktop app - which functionally pauses the workout. When I come back I can start pedaling and the trainer gets to the desired power after 4-5 seconds and then I can go back to the workout page and it automatically resumes

If I do a mini-pause, it’s during a rest interval or endurance ride.

It’s one of two things usually:

  1. Fan adjustment: Right now it’s too cold to start with the fan on
  2. Entertainment adjustment: i.e. if a YouTube video is really boring… :grin: I try to curate my YT queue before starting a workout and that helps.

I didn’t notice these little breaks affected anything. Are they affecting AT? I try to be quick on these mini-pauses and they don’t seem to trigger the survey at the end saying: “Why didn’t you finish your workout”, which I would expect would affect AT.

Very rarely, I fail a workout due to feeling bad/workout being too hard - then I’ll just end it early. In that case, I do get the “Why didn’t you finish” survey. But that never seems to happen now with AI FTP detection! Also, at the moment I’m just using “Train Now” rather than a focused plan.

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off hand and general comment - always fascinating to see the default pause setting in apps/computers. There is some actual recovery happening, I realize not many will agree with me but I consider it a fail to not keep recording straight thru the break :man_shrugging:


I very rarely stop - like once every couple of months and usually because it’s a long workout and I need a bathroom break that just can’t wait. I make sure I have everything I need within reach before starting every workout - plenty of fluids, nutrition, towel, remote, etc.

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You’re not wrong - I am in the habit of pausing for trainer rides because that’s how my cycling computers outside have always done it (from long before I realized it wasn’t the ‘right’ option).

This got me into the habit of pausing, and then I started to do ride analysis over elapsed time - so the pause duration is visible when I look at things afterwards regardless

My life would certainly be simpler if I kept recording in between but I implemented the workaround and am a creature of habit

I end up pausing almost every indoor workout to blow my nose. I have allergies, and indoors my nose just runs pretty constantly. But I make it a point to not stop during a tempo or above interval. If I’m doing an endurance ride, I will pause when I need to blow my nose.

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I agree, I am type 1 diabetic and sometimes if I have diving sugar levels it is sometimes dangerous to go into a 20 minute interval, it’s not because I can’t do the interval (cycling wise), it’s just not going to be safe for my heath, so sometimes I have to take a break and wait for things to settle, so I don’t want to keep playing the session, I want to live within my limitations and do the interval, just TR makes out that didn’t have that pause, so I no longer upload from TR and dual record on my Garmin (or in Zwift) as that gives a more accurate indication of what I did


I always stop after the warm-up and take five minutes to drink a cup of coffee. Depending on how long the workout is or if I am going to do a run afterwards I will stop during rest intervals and take in some carbs. If the workout is close to 2 hours I sometimes hop off for 2-3 minutes to give my butt a break.

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This is probably gross, but I have several small micro fiber towels stacked in the exercise room and I always keep one by the bike. I use one end for sweat and the other for my nose. It just goes in the laundry after the ride. The front tire is a good place to store it if you don’t have a table.

I used to stop to turn on/up the fan. But now I just wear a light jacket; I take it off and throw it on the floor after 10 minutes.


I chose never because I’ve only briefly stopped one or two workouts in the past four months and that was because of a BT/TR signal issue, I restarted TR both times and was back in action.

My pre-workout routine is annoying long at 10-20 min but it also means once I’m on the trainer, I’m good to go. I get my bottles ready, and bloks if its a long ride (although I always leave a packet on my RAD desk just in case), my shokz headphones are always charged and on my desk (when I turn them on they connect to my BT transmitter hooked up to the TV), I fire up my laptop and pick a Zwift route to ride during my TR workout, I connect my cell to my TV to play my YouTube playlist that I put together for each ride based on the time I need, I also connect my cell to the charging cable I leave hanging over my desk so the battery is never an issue, I also always have two hand towels hanging to use, then I get geared up and the last thing I do is turn on my fans once I’m ready to go.

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Almost a year now on TR. I’ve only stopped to use the restroom. If the intensity is too much I drop it 10% or 20% and chalk it up as fatigue. I then accept the training adaptions. Seems to work for me.