I only really started on my indoor bike seriously about 6 weeks ago. I wanted to take my fitness seriously in middle age after a seriously scary couple of years, and a recent ramp in weight that upset me. There’s some background here I already lost 20lbs.
I enjoy Zwift, but wanted something structured that would challenge me and everyone has good things to say about TR, plus the highly focused approach appealed to me.
I did the introductory FTP ramp, or should I say endured it, and looked forward to my next calendar session which would be Baxter I was apprehensive, because it was three times longer than I’d ever spent on the indoor bike, but I reckoned I could do it. I was wrong. I managed an hour before my heart rate stayed up there and I got very uncomfortable. My backside gave up before my legs did. As my wife told me it was still something as it was more than i’d ever managed before.
I have a stubborn streak and can be hard on myself, and with a two day break I resolved to get back on the bike, fuel properly with a bowl of pasta and just see if I could finish it. I did it. It wasn’t pretty, and I needed a stretch at 67 minutes because my arse was just done, and the last ten minutes were comically sloppy, but I did it.
I think I’ll get more used to the bike over a longer period, but it was also surely get easier as I lose weight. I ride a motorbike and have almost exactly the same time tolerance for the seat before needing a stretch.
As spring nears I am looking forward to more road time too.