Yes, Velonews tells us we shouldn’t do long indoor rides. We burn out, we use different muscles, it sucks.
Well, riding 4 hours in a snow storm at 5am sucks as well. And I do not have the flexibility with my time slots. But I have goals. To reach these I have to do long rides.
So let’s share some strategies on how to make >3h rides more bearable. Strategies that make time fly by.
I’m talking here about low intensity rides. For higher intensity I find it pretty easy, see today’s ride for example:
Simply add some intensity over the course of the ride and you get some distraction. But what about when staying at low intensity?
- make chunks, e.g. between my intensity 5 min chunks. This seems to be the main strategy implemented by longer low intensity TR workouts
- hop off the bike every x minutes and do some strength training
- be mentally prepared, set a clear session goal: today I ride 4 hours
- I often find the first hour the most difficult. Starting at some lower-low intensity and reading a newspaper of book helps.
More to come …