I am struggling with doing out of saddle training on the turbo and would welcome any ideas please.
Background: last year I was doing TTs from 10m to 12 hrs and even managed over 22mph in the BBAR competition. Seven weeks ago I had serious water retention, ended up in A&E having a catheter to drain my bladder and came out with a catheter until I can get the operation to reduce my prostate. (I am 61, but I feel I aged from 45 to 65 in a week). I don’t know when operation might be.
The urology consultant turned up with an Ironman Lanyard and in response to “Can I still cycle?”, said “No, absolutely not. You cannot sit on a saddle, even on a turbo”. Running is OK, but no cycling! (I don’t have a bag, but have a valve on the end of the catheter I can tuck into my shorts and run). However, a later converation with him went “Well, yes you could do out of saddle cycling, but sitting on a saddle is likely to cause bleeding in the uretha due to the catheter tube” (Sorry for the detail)
Advice please: However, despite this glimmer of hope, I am struggling with out of saddle cycling, and looking for advice.
What am I actually doing?
- I am using my road bike, with the front wheel on two blocks raised approx 80mm 3". I have a Kickr core. I am controlling the power from my wahoo elemnt, setting the power for that interval.
- I started trying simple intervals, with 60 second up and then 20 second sat back, not pedaling. Repeated for 15-20 mins.
- Second session I managed 90 seconds up at various powers, and 30 sec sat back.
- Today I tried 2 mins with 30s seated, at various power levels but again struggled after around 20 minutes, and reverted to 60 second intervals.
- My FTP was around 240 (probably 230 over winter). I am starting these intervals at 150W and going up to 200W. I have tried a few higher powered ones, up to 220W, but wanted to ease my wahy in and make sure I was not doing myself any harm.
- I find I can do a cadence of around 60, or 65, but if i raise it to 70 or 80 things resistance drops away and I find it hard to sustain the standing power. I feel I am chasing the pedals, even though there is the resistance.
- Sometimes I am on the hoods, but I find it easier to be on the drops.
- Even these short sessions, at normalish powers seem hard work.
Also started running again: I am running every other day, and trying to do these OOS sessions on the alternate days. (I have not run for 7 years (though ex-ironman triathlete). I definitely need to give my legs time to recover after a run.
Advice appreciated So, any advice on how I can make these sessions more manageable, would be appreciated. I want to get back to Time Trialling next season (I have completely written off this season obviously), subject to getting teh operation. So I want to keep some cycling in my legs and this out of saddle turbo approach seems to be the only solution.
PS In case anyone else had similar issues I was going to tag this post with catheter and prostate, but they don’t seem to be accepted.