just wanted to take a few minutes to give my feelings after a few weeks using the programm.
I’m a 43 year old recreational cyclist. I started cycling 5 years ago because I couldn’t play basketball anymore because of knee issues, and I needed some kind of sport to evacuate anxiety issues. I figured I’d pick up a road bike, knowing nothing about the sport (I was more of a mountain bike guy), and thinking $600 was a lot (it is, but now I’m looking at $2000 bikes). I immediately fell in love with the sensations I had on the bike.
I rapidly understood why you needed special clothes, glasses and a GPS and just started pedaling, not knowing what I was doing. One thing was for sure : I sucked, but I was ok with it. I’m a loner and just enjoy short 1 hour rides on my own.
But lately, I wanted to improve. Maybe it’s my mid life crisis, ho knows !
I looked around, and TR came highly recommended. I bought a low end dumb trainer, and here I am.
I quickly understood that riding once or twice a week, only when it’s nice out, when there’s no wind and it’s not too cold isn’t enough to make progress.
I understood the importance of FTP
I understood that nobody around me wants to hear me talk their ears off about FTP and VO2max and training.
I understood what a great community this is, with no one looking down on you and with a lot of people willing to answer the simplest questions for the hundredth time
I understood there’s a lot to learn about biology and physics and that you can enjoy just getting better at riding even if you don’t plan on competing in anything.
All I wanted was to be able to climb 9% hills for more than 20 seconds. And so far, I’ve been making tremendous progress.
I understood that training can also be a lot of fun.
So thanks for that.
I will now get back to listening to the 240 podcast I have yet to discover. This should keep me going.