Shared Suffering...



By Susan Lacke (triathlete.com)


Indoor group rides in winter = PR in spring.

Outside, the sky is dark, the weather is dreary, and the roads are not at all rideable. But for thousands of riders each year, their best training happens in these weeks. Thanks to the growing trend of indoor group rides, more cyclists than ever are breaking through training plateaus in the off-season. These bring-your-own bike rides at shops and club headquartersfeaturing stationary trainers, upbeat music, lots of sweating, and the occasional bout of smack talkprovide a more appealing alternative to setting up a solitary pain cave in the basement....


“The camaraderie shared in these rides makes getting up and out of bed to work out in the winter much easier,” says Jay Ridgeway, CEO and Head Coach of Pacific West Athletics in Berkeley, Calif. “It’s good to know you’re not alone in your suffering.”

And suffering, there isthough there are indoor social rides that exist simply for a fun spin, many are helmed by a coach or instructor whose job is to push riders through the workout. Ridgeway’s classes, for example, utilize Wahoo Fitness KICKR trainers and specialized software to keep tabs on every rider’s effort level.

“All classes are pre-scripted, with a specific goal and purpose and tied to a master 52-week macrocycle periodization calendar,” says Ridgeway. “The KICKR Studio multi-rider software does a great job keeping everyone focused on their individual performance, using their unique ‘green, yellow and red’ output meter, while our instructors keep the class atmosphere fun and engaging.”   READ MORE

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