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    Default Anyone using TrainerRoad.com?

    Just found www.trainerroad.com and am wondering if some other BA members using it and if so how do they like it. Looking into it it seems that it has only recently gone live. As much as I want to hit the roads and trails over the winter to work off the many years of corpulent Fred that have infiltrated my being body snatcher like, family life dictates otherwise. Unless I don't mind riding after 10:00 pm it looks like the mind numbing trainer will be the Rx until DST and the wonderfully long summer evenings return.

    Anyone have opinions on this?

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    I've never used a trainer, but I do hold DCRainMaker.com in high regard for his ridiculously in-depth reviews. Here are four of his posts tagged with TrainerRoad, including a writeup from November 2011.
    Let us know how you like it if you end up going that route!

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    I used it when it was free online. I don't fancy using the trainer at all but it comes in handy when the weather is questionable. I used it with my Garmin 800, cadence sensor and USB Ant Stick.

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    Americancyclo, thanks for the link. I have read some of DC rainmakers blog but not the one on trainer road.

    I too would much rather be out and about but the work/home life as is is now dictates otherwise. When I am home the "My time" clock is not running even if I am just huffing and puffing and coughing up lung bits on the bike. Home keeping the kids from fighting with each other or burning the house down = + off noodling around on the bike = -
    I signed up and ordered a ant+ stick. I figure it is worth a try and there is only a small pay in as I already have a Kurt fluid trainer and a nice place to do the mouse on the wheel thing. I am curious to see where my fitness is now and then after some time spent following the training programs. The goal is to become both fit and well fitted to the bike enough to tick off longer and more interesting rides with interesting people.
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    I love this program. It works great.
    I have a Forerunner 610 and the numbers recorded off of that match perfectly to my recorded workout. The horizontal view makes running it on the bottom of the screen and streaming Hulu or Netflix a breeze. It is a bit of a pain in the rear not being able to stand too frequently but that is a downfall of the trainer and not the software. The software is simple to use, it easily finds your device and its calculation of theoretical wattage is very close to what I saw using a Computrainer. It seems to calculate FTP as good as possible using cadence and speed on a trainer that has a linear torque curve.

    I feel like I should describe my riding and training style. I am more of a fitness cyclist, with a focus on endurance and climbing. Most of my workouts during the week are on spin bikes at the gym, or in my trainer at home. Like everyone else here my time is limited and energy is slightly harder to come by many days. There have been a few Saturdays where I could have easily been outside riding but skipped it to run a 2.5 or 3 hour workout on my trainer just because it is literally 10' from my shower. This has decreased the hostility in my house surrounding long distance rides that typically consume many of my Sundays, if I can knock out 50+ miles in my living room and be ready to go where she wants afterwards it is a marriage saving compromise.

    The two guys who are TrainerRoad seem very genuine and honest. I had a question that I emailed them, while at Eurobike the owner of the company responded within an hour I think. They are working through some software updates and some of the features are still a little Beta but the root software and the workouts that are listed on the site tend to work perfectly. I subscribe to the program at like $10/mo, and have for several months without a single complaint. I do not think I am using it enough right now to get my monies worth but now with christmas out of my living room I should have more space to setup shop.

    I use a Kinetic Road Machine and it does offer a better workout than any spin class or other interval set I have tried on the bike, but I also took to the computrainer very quickly. I like watching graphs, and logging my data.

    My favorite ride is the Rouge Roubaix or the sufferfest ones, if they sync to a video it tends to make time go by quicker. Fight Club (remastered) and The Pain Cave, are great 1 hour workouts. But I do tend to skip the cycling video and catch up on a series on Hulu most times as they autoplay the next episode. It is probably in my head but I always feel a good sense of accomplishment after finished the Rouge Roubaix first thing in the morning.

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    I ran into an aggravating issue yesterday when setting up the video I plan on watching in the background of my workout...I caught the series I was watching. So instead of spending an additional half an hour looking for just the right thing to work out too I decided to re-watch three episodes of my favorite fake news show...with much more of the crushing boredom that comes with riding inside.

    Today I am going to buy a Sufferfest download (http://www.thesufferfest.com/video-s...etails-angels/) and maybe a just some straight mountains for the weekend in this epicRide Beartooth Pass video (http://epicplanet.tv/catalog/dvds_downloads/). I had been actively looking for hill training and this is about the closest thing I can get into without driving out west. I do not know what 85 minutes grinding up a hill on a trainer will feel like but I can almost guarantee the uphill restarts will be a bit easier. I am going to have to hunt a little bit for a mid level recovery ride video though as a day after ride for that.

    I am going after the KOM in my Tuesday group ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTheTech View Post
    I am going after the KOM in my Tuesday group ride.
    Which KOM is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Which KOM is that?
    This is how it starts.

    DO NOT TELL HIM ANYTHING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveK View Post
    This is how it starts.

    DO NOT TELL HIM ANYTHING.
    lol I know right. I bet he's going to take the beautiful Felt out and set the bar to a point us mere mortals will only be able to match in car.
    The agreement that keeps my marriage sound says I cannot race....officially....it makes no mention of Strava....yet. I do like to compete for fun, so let's how long it takes to take this too far.


    Tim- The area I was referring to is a sprint on Belle Haven that passes the bike shop and a few of the hills back in a repeating loop. But I would never exceed the posted speed limit and brag about it publicly.
    I would also like to have a better showing here (http://app.strava.com/segments/672640)., and here (http://app.strava.com/segments/2398437)

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    Since this post, I have joined trainer road and have been loving it. It has only been a four rides, but it has really made my trainer sessions more purposeful and considerably more challenging. I am not sure how it will equate in the end, but for now I am drenched when I finish a session. I have not downloaded any of the sufferfest or related videos, not sure how they work, but I am still content starring at my HR and power. Well worth the $10 so far.
    Last edited by Jason B; 01-05-2013 at 06:18 AM.

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