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I ride both MTB and road, but my target events in 2020 are MTB. my B+ event is a 24 hour race in February and my A event is a weekly race series in the summer.
So my question is this. My road bike a Giant TCR is all set up on the triner and I use it often. Is running the MTB plans while on a road bike ok? Or should I mount a slick on my spare MTB wheels for the trainer? I’m looking at the Olympic MTB plan as my A race is short 5 mile loops.
Riding on the trainer will build your pedaling fitness - cardio engine, muscular endurance. You can do this with a road bike on the trainer.
Riding outside on your MTB will build MTB conditioning and skills.
I don’t think there’s much to be gained from riding MTB on the trainer. Yeah, the positioning is different, but you’re so static on the trainer anyway, I don’t see how there’s much carry over to building strength for riding MTB outside.
I’ve trained for MTB Marathons the past 2 years, almost exclusively on my roadie on the trainer. I’ll mix in some outdoor road rides when it’s nice outside and then add some skills sessions on my MTB once a week. Not ideal but the races i’ve done aren’t that technical, where handling becomes crucial.
This is great feedback, thank you.
Although I planned to put my mountain bike on the trainer this past season while preparing for some long events like Leadville, I never did and stuck with a road bike on the trainer that I have dedicated for indoor work only. I still did a lot of long outdoor rides on the mountain bike, both on road and dirt, so didn’t feel I was missing much.
With the road bike, I made sure to set things up similarly especially in relation to saddle height/position. I also tended to ride on the tops of the bars, rather than down in the drops, while on the trainer. I have found in the past that small differences in saddle height can make me more susceptible to cramps when switching between bikes.