A frequent question I get from the non Tri-geeks is where in the heck do I ride my bike during the winter, especially in Montana. The short answer is “nowhere!” Okay, what I mean is that for a good eight months of the year, my bike is attached to a indoor bike trainer in my house right next to the treadmill. Here is a peak:
I have this bad baby right next to my desk and bedroom, so there is no excuse for not hopping on for a good workout. The simple setup is somewhat deceiving; the amount of workout data that can be obtained from this setup makes the bike at the gym look like a Gameboy. Its all thanks to my Cycleops PowerTap Hub:
In the most basic of terms, I base all my cycling training on power, or watts, produced by pedaling. So, this baby measures watts, as well as a boat load of variables, and wirelessly sends it to my watch, which in turn sends it to my computer at the end of the workout. Utilizing the WKO+ 3.0 software, I can analyze my performance with extreme prejudice. These screenshots of my latest workout data are the definition of what it means to be a tri-geek:
I love my Powermeter; it has been the best tool for training Ive ever owned. If you got some tax refund to burn, go grab one!