Would be keen to hear the experience of TR users with their indoor sessions.
How long does your average trainer session last for?
What is the longest you have ridden the trainer for in one continuous session?! How did you manage it and what was your reasoning for it?
This morning I did Boarstone -1 (2hr session + an extra hour to push it out to 3hrs) this morning as an Endurance session as part of my current program.
3 hours on the trainer is a challenge mentally for me. Right at the upper limit of my ability to control my sanity. Obviously it is dependent upon the session and the included intervals, however, I don’t think I could do any more than 180min on the trainer in one sitting. My average TR session is 120min. In fact, pretty much all my sessions are 2hrs long.
The COVID-19 situation where I live has meant that we are on exercise restrictions outside, and as such, my trainer time has had to increase of late. That said, 180min is my max. I’d love to do more like I would have done outside but it’s just a whole other beast inside and 180min inside is like 65 hours outside for me mentally!
The world of podcasts, Netflix and Zwift has made the ability to do long sessions on the trainer a lot easier. You can now watch the world go by around Watopia (and the weird weather pattern and daylight hours there), or you can watch an entire season through Netflix. Technology has definitely helped with attentional focus for long trainer sessions, but there is a tipping point for everyone and mine is definitely at 180 minutes!
I heard a podcast this morning where they spoke about Eddy Merckx sitting on an old school indoor trainer in his garage and staring at a brick wall for 6-8 hours to build ‘mental toughness’ as part of his training, I am not sure how true this is, but it is a good story to throw around the campfire none the less!