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Bit of a lightweight when it comes to the turbo, my longest is about 75 minutes on Zwift.

What feats of stupidity have you managed?

 

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don simon [1715 posts] 2 months ago
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About 5-10 mins.

Bores the crap out of me.

Rollers on the other hand have seen stints of 2 hours+.

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wellsprop [624 posts] 2 months ago
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40-50 mins. Found it boring - though doing GCN videos helped

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HLaB [165 posts] 2 months ago
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Don't think I've ever turboed more than 60mins and I prefer the short interval sessions to break it up.

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Woldsman [219 posts] 2 months ago
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About 20 minutes. I thought it would be boring (it was) and I would be too hot (I was), but it was my thighs burning out that stopped me. I must have another go...

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simonmb [571 posts] 2 months ago
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I had to train for a 24-hour ride, and with two months to go I wasn't able to get out and spend time on the bike (children to mind), so I managed many nights of three-hour stretches on the turbo. No Zwift in those days, just an iPod loaded with AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.

The first twenty minutes were the worst - after that I got in to a zone and the time passed surpringly quickly!

Without something like a 24-hour ride to aim for, it's 30-mins max - to a GCN YouTube interval turbo session.

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drosco [428 posts] 2 months ago
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5 and a half hours. Decided it was great training for a ride in the Dolomites. It was duller than BBC parliment.

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fenix [867 posts] 2 months ago
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About 75 mins on trainerroad.
Doing an hour with Zwift is very easy to do.
I've heard of people doing iron distance on a turbo but I'm not sure how beneficial that kind of thing is.

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aboooo [22 posts] 2 months ago
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I've done 5hrs 15 minutes.
​I do the odd triathlon and wanted to plan my power out for racing Roth. So I loaded the profile of the course into Trainer Road and rode it before running to try and get it right. (I couldn't practise on the real course as it's in Germany and I'm here).

It didn't work. There's something just more tiring about being on a turbo. I was close to death riding the turbo on less power than the real course where I got off fresh as a daisy. 

It wasn't that terrible though, I had the TV on for part of it then swtched to the radio. Having said that, I won't be doing it again.

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davel [2055 posts] 2 months ago
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I've done a few 2 1/2 and 3 hour trainerroad sessions. I tend to just have the software on the screen and music, and mentally, I think that's about the limit of what I can put myself through in my garage.

I enjoy turbo sessions but beyond 2 hours feels like masochism to me - more bleak than the most horrible actual events that I've done that last all day.

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ibr17xvii [260 posts] 2 months ago
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2 1/2 hours on Zwift is my max & I was absolutely knackered.

Wanting to complete The Pretzel on Watopia over the winter so I'll have to beat that.

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davel [2055 posts] 2 months ago
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aboooo wrote:

I've done 5hrs 15 minutes.

​I do the odd triathlon and wanted to plan my power out for racing Roth. So I loaded the profile of the course into Trainer Road and rode it before running to try and get it right.

That seems like the brick from hell. How far did you run afterwards?

Roth's on my list - heard lots of good things about it. It's quite a long list though...

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kitsunegari [343 posts] 2 months ago
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4 hours is the longest I've done, and it was tough.

I need to get a lot of miles in to try and qualify for PBP2019 and during winter I can't get out during the day so have little choice.

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DaSy [768 posts] 2 months ago
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I did 4 1/2 hours a few times on my old Tacx Fortius, doing a RLV of Ventoux from Bedoin and Malaucene (I was training for the Cingles at the time). Funny how I found that when outside on the bike, nutrition, or should I say just eating seems natural, but when doing these sessions I forgot to eat until several hours in.

The wind from my industrial fan still didn't quite emulate the somewhat breezey (!) nature of Ventoux.

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turboprannet [296 posts] 2 months ago
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I did 8 hours as a virtual 200km as a fundraiser. It got tough towards the end especially as I was doing it after a week or two starting keto.

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TypeVertigo [421 posts] 2 months ago
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I haven't had a turbo trainer session last for more than 75 minutes. I don't have Zwift or TrainerRoad, so I largely rely on my saved collection of GCN's indoor training videos, which do the job well.

By the time I'm done with the tougher 60-minute efforts, I'm usually too pooped to continue with anything more than a warm-down spin.

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andyp [1549 posts] 1 month ago
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Quite a few 4-5hr sessions in those two utter bastard winters we had a few years ago.  Usually I tend not to go past 2

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Dropped [125 posts] 1 month ago
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1 hr 30 mins is about my lot - have found that if I put a film on the laptop (good dumb action or sci-fi) and the time seems to go by a lot easier. I just keep an eye on heart rate/cadence but don't look at the time as clock watching is a killer. Before watching films, 30 minutes was my boredom threshold.

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PRSboy [141 posts] 1 month ago
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90 minutes, on TrainerRoad.  Was painful, more than dull.  Backside and hands ached in a way that they do not on the road.

5 hrs on a turbo, good lordy no.  That said I start to get a bit bored after about 4 hrs on the road, Alpine trips excepted.

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CXR94Di2 [1904 posts] 1 month ago
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Myself 3hr 30,  my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed.  I may be on zwift for upto 3 hours this weekend

 

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jasecd [503 posts] 1 month ago
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I did 60 miles on Zwift which was just over three hours. Got very dull towards the end. I usually try and do around an hour at high intensity or with intervals now rather than long sessions.

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mike the bike [995 posts] 1 month ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:

 ...... my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed ......

 

117 miles --------------------------------------- No he didn't.

9 hours ------------- ---------------------------- Quite possibly.

Tens of thousands of feet ------------------ Oh no he didn't.

 

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fukawitribe [2088 posts] 1 month ago
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Here we go again....

 

mike the bike wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

 ...... my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed ......

 

117 miles --------------------------------------- No he didn't.

On Zwift he did.

mike the bike wrote:

9 hours ------------- ---------------------------- Quite possibly.

Unless you have some reason to doubt it, he did.

mike the bike wrote:

Tens of thousands of feet ------------------ Oh no he didn't.

On Zwift he did. 

 

Don't be such a mindless pedant. Same effort or more for the simulated versus real-world terrain (modulo wind), figures quoted 'in app' - what's your issue ?

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CXR94Di2 [1904 posts] 1 month ago
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mike the bike wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

 ...... my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed ......

 

117 miles --------------------------------------- No he didn't.

9 hours ------------- ---------------------------- Quite possibly.

Tens of thousands of feet ------------------ Oh no he didn't.

 

So love it when you're always wrong  4
We both did the Welsh DD last year 122 miles > 13000ft 9hrs moving. Should I dig it out for you? Hahaha

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BehindTheBikesheds [1145 posts] 1 month ago
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i once did 20 mins on a spin bike as part of pre season rugby training, that's the longest i've sat on a static bike but I like the cold. Always trained in the snow/cut up muddy fields in the winter when playing (Rugby) and wind, snow, rain whilst shit for the most part cycling, is just a part of life. I guess if i was a competiton rider it might be different but then kids/family/career and rugby was more important and I was never going to be anywhere close to being good/fast enough so not something I've thought I needed to do.

Well done to those that can sit on a turbo/rollers etc for hours at a time, personally couldn't do it no matter what.

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madcarew [479 posts] 1 month ago
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I've done a few 2.5 hr sessions when I had a big race coming up and couldn't fit the training any other way. Really though, It's so unpleasant I'd rather stuff angry wasps up my jaxi.

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fukawitribe [2088 posts] 1 month ago
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madcarew wrote:

I've done a few 2.5 hr sessions when I had a big race coming up and couldn't fit the training any other way. Really though, It's so unpleasant I'd rather stuff angry wasps up my jaxi.

That seems like a long time for some race prep - endurance event ?

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andyp [1549 posts] 1 month ago
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CXR94Di2 wrote:
mike the bike wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

 ...... my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed ......

 

117 miles --------------------------------------- No he didn't.

9 hours ------------- ---------------------------- Quite possibly.

Tens of thousands of feet ------------------ Oh no he didn't.

 

So love it when you're always wrong  4 We both did the Welsh DD last year 122 miles > 13000ft 9hrs moving. Should I dig it out for you? Hahaha

 

 

He's spot on. The only thing you can say from your image is that you were on the bike for over 8 hours.

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CXR94Di2 [1904 posts] 1 month ago
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andyp wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:
mike the bike wrote:
CXR94Di2 wrote:

 ...... my mate rode 117 miles on zwift, some 9 hours with tens of thousands of feet climbed ......

 

117 miles --------------------------------------- No he didn't.

9 hours ------------- ---------------------------- Quite possibly.

Tens of thousands of feet ------------------ Oh no he didn't.

 

So love it when you're always wrong  4 We both did the Welsh DD last year 122 miles > 13000ft 9hrs moving. Should I dig it out for you? Hahaha

 

 

He's spot on. The only thing you can say from your image is that you were on the bike for over 8 hours.

 

Firstly, I didnt do it, my mate did the ride.  If you havent got the admiration to see the mental and physical fortitude to ride on a turbo in a single session for that amount of time, what a sad little world you revolve around in.  The figures are all there to see.

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andyp [1549 posts] 1 month ago
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Sorry. The only thing you can say from that image is that *someone* was on the bike for over 8 hours.  Which - as you say - requires plenty of mental and physical fortitude. Still a **fact** that no miles were cycled and no tens of thousands of feet were climbed. All the little smileys in the world don't change that.

 

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jollygoodvelo [1685 posts] 1 month ago
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I haven't been on it for months.

 

Oh, I think I misheard.

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