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  • cheers_drive
    Member

    It was sideways hail with thunder and lightening in Bristol this morning so I turned to the Turbo for the first time this winter. After 20 minutes before I was bored and my legs ached too much to carry on. Last winter the longest I lasted was when watching the whole of Seasons during one session.
    How long do your sessions last?

    KINGTUT
    Member

    About 1 hour, download a couple of Sufferfest training videos, they are awesome.

    And hurt.

    schrickvr6
    Member

    Are you just pedaling or following some kind of structured intervals?

    ti_pin_man
    Member

    40 mins for sprint intervals, longer intervals up to an hour but boredom usually sets in before the hour.

    cheers_drive
    Member

    I think I’ll have to give Sufferfest a go, pain is better than boredom.
    The lack of structure is an issue, I do set targets when using it but nothing structured.

    trickydisco
    Member

    Depends.. warm up for a race is 25mins..

    others are 45mins to and hour

    Doing a sufferfest session tonight of an hour. Looking forward to it (yes, I realise I need help) 🙂 Longest I’ve spent on the turbo has been 2.5 hours.

    Premier Icon kilo
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    longest pyramid interval set runs to about an hour and a half iirc, fortunately not had to do it since September. Did just under an hour yesterday as return to training after injury and that was enough

    schrickvr6
    Member

    Have a look on http://www.turbotraining.co.uk I find it nowhere near as boring following a decent plan, and much more worthwhile with regards to fitness.

    trickydisco
    Member

    welcome to pain

    workouts

    xcneil
    Member

    Anything from 30 mins upto a max of 2 hours i’m board after 10 mins but “have” to do it, its not often i do a 2 hour session average is an hour

    Yay, I’ve got an hour tonight spinning in Zone 2. Can’t wait 😕

    Tomorrow will be 10 min warm up followed by 6 x 1 sets in Zone 4 and 2 x 3 min sets in Z4.

    FunkyDunc
    Member

    Another vote for sufferfest, they really do make 1 hour pass reasonably ok.

    I also find that a large fan in front makes a huge difference to how long you can stay on the bike for, like you without a fan I over heat in about 15-20mins.

    The other mistake I used to make before using structured plans was rushing full on in to a session and then not spinning down afterwards.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    Longest I’ve spent on the turbo has been 2.5 hours.

    Some serious tedium conquering mental powers you have there!

    bigdawg
    Member

    normal sunday morning sessions is between 1hour 20 to 1 1/2 hours – two laps of the german and two laps of the spnaish world cup courses usually racing against myself – courtesy of tacx…. 8)

    trickydisco
    Member

    Longest I’ve spent on the turbo has been 2.5 hours.

    Junior in our club did 4 hours last year!

    he’s just signed for the wilier team

    iDave
    Member

    15-45 mins

    enduro-aid
    Member

    currently spending an hour most nights on the turbo, its not ideal but it keep the legs spinning, will be looking at some structured plans although as setting targets in my head etc never really works properly

    20 – 60 mins on a turbo, upto 2 hours on the rollers.

    spacemonkey
    Member

    Am looking at getting a Tacx 2200 with some semi-interactive Real Life Videos.

    Am hoping it’ll keep me engaged for 45-120 min sessions.

    However, the Tacx forum won’t even allow me to register so I can’t ask my pre-sales questions … Gggrhghghgh!

    thomthumb
    Member

    i like to do intervals at an hour but am also mixing in zone 2 stuff.

    tried to do 2hr15 on sunday (blackhawkdown) but was so numb that i was about to piss my pants after 1hr30.

    Frankers
    Member

    I’m looking at getting a Turbo trainer, can anyone recommend one??

    Do you normally use a road bike on them or is it OK for a mountain bike??

    FunkyDunc
    Member

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/elite-crono-fluid-elastogel-trainer/

    I’ve got the one above £140. Its very quiet and the resistance pretty realistic too. The downside is that the rear wheel isnt fixed in place against the roller so if you shift around out of the saddle you can move the tyre off the roller. I bought the front wheel holder thing and now its not a problem at all.

    You can use an mtb, but you would want to put a slick on it though, a studded tyre would creat a lot of noise.

    Mark N
    Member

    I got a Elite Mag Force ElastoGel from Decathlon for £99. They still had some on the shelf when I was there last week. Fairly quiet, remote controls 5 resistance level. The roller is under spring tension against the tyre and grips all the time. I use a fairly slick tyre on it.

    simondbarnes
    Member

    Twinkly Dave does 4.5 hours but he’s a [strike]winner[/strike] mentalist

    Time sure goes slow when your on your turbo trainer. I got myself some rollers as well which at least requires a bit of concentration, sure is fun the first time you use them though!

    Premier Icon beej
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    I’ve done a few 4 hour sessions, watched a couple of movies each time. I’ve only had to resort to it when recovering from upper body injury or absolutely terrible weather.

    I must have a high boredom threshold. For example I’m sitting here whilst my GF watches Motley Crue videos and I can’t be arsed to smash the TV into oblivion with my handily placed sledgehammer.

    I can really cope with tedium. Must be reading all the politics threads on here.

    beckykirk43
    Member

    I’ve been doing 30 mins to 1 hr but not really been doing anything structured. Just do what I feel like.

    Still a while ’til I can get back on the bike so I’m just trying to keep a bit of base fitness, will probably start doing more structured sessions soon but for the time being I don’t want to kill my spirit in the mean time!

    anto164
    Member

    I normally do 30 mins on the turbo.

    30 mins of zone 2 work, then do as many 30second all outs in top gear seperated by 15 seconds that i can.

    Then an easy 5 min warm down.

    20-30 mins for me before I’m dying of boredom! No structure really, just get a sweat on & push hard now & again with a 3-4 min warm down.
    Proper wuss!

    MikeWW
    Member

    Normally 45 mins to an hour. Always intervals of some form. If you are pushing hard the recovery periods are over in a flash. The turbo provides a really focussed session-quite enjoy them these days

    hughjengin
    Member

    Usually about 1- 1 1/2 hrs of a structured interval session. However the last 3 sesions have lasted approx 10 mins each as I have got off, 3 times in a row ! Maybe its time to layoff the trainer for a while as I must be suffering from low motivation

    benslow
    Member

    Am looking to get a Sufferfest vid today.

    Any recommendations for a general/ starter one ?

    Did my first sufferfest vid last night (fightclub) It almost broke me by the end. The bf was sitting on the sofa laughing at me as i cursed my way through it, especially when I said that I was about to be sick.

    Loved it, in a strange sort of a way 😀

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    Any recommendations for a general/ starter one ?

    I started with Downward Spiral. Still love that one (L’Enfer footage – yay!).

    They’re all good.

    (Going to try to make time for an easy spin tonight – been off the bike for 2.5 weeks. Will catch up on some iplayer/4OD TV.)

    spacemonkey
    Member

    Anyone using a Tacx 1680 or 2200 with a MTB? Or maybe any similar system? I’d like to know how much ‘easier’ it is compared to using a road bike. The last thing I want is to splash out £400-£600 and find I can only use a handful of higher gears because the lower ones just spin. Cheers

    cheers_drive
    Member

    After the recommendations I did my first Sufferfest (Fight Club) last night. It certainly was more interesting although time appeared to stand still for the second half as I was willing the pain to end.
    Attacking going into a 8/10 hill climb is not fun!

    KINGTUT
    Member

    Attacking going into a 8/10 hill climb is not fun!

    Try ‘Angels’ attacking at 9/10 ON a climb is even worse.

    Premier Icon mrblobby
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    That final 10/10 sprint for the line on angels is a killer, seems to go on for ages.

    dyls
    Member

    About 60 min aerobic at the moment, will start intervals in Jan.

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