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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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Kapelmuur [403 posts] 3 months ago
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I'm grateful for this thread, now I don't feel such a wimp for finding it difficult to tolerate the turbo for more than 20 minutes.

I only use it when conditions outsde are too unpleasant or dangerous for cycling, which is rare.

The longest I've done was after I'd accidentally added a ride around Alderley Edge to Bkool, so out of a perverse interest I followed my own ride on the turbo.   It was 2.5 hours of purgatory.

 

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fukawitribe [2137 posts] 3 months ago
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andyp wrote:

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.

 

I think "117 miles on zwift" was the original quote - which is true. Call them 'virtual miles' if you want, ditto the 'climbing', but it the same or more effort with terrain feedback usually (the majority I believe now). In the context of a discussion on indoor training, and Zwift in particular, I think it's appropriate to just say 'miles' or 'feet' as it should be obvious what is being discussed. Or be a pedant, there's always at least one when this comes up - hooray to them for making the world a better place.

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simonmb [575 posts] 3 months ago
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So few 'likes' on this thread. Cyclists reporting feats which would get an avalanche of 'kudos' on Strava get no respect here. The 'likes' only begin when a fight breaks out in the thread! 

"Road Forum rage on the rise according thanks to cyclists"

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CXR94Di2 [1961 posts] 3 months ago
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andyp wrote:

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.

 

The thread is about trainers, so the mileage is recorded in a virtual sense, it is still mileage and ft clmbed, no way does it diminish his effort. His trainer is a Tacx Neo so accuracy is beyond question. He can take those quality miles done on an indoor trainer and apply his fitness to a sportive/race. They all count. Just because you won't accept the validity of his efforts doesn't make them any less real.

Thousands probably hundreds of thousands now train for miles and hours on trainers recording miles, elevation, watts, calories. This year, I've personally ridden 4.5k miles with probably 3500 miles indoors, using Zwift, Trainer Road. I've used several other platforms aswell.

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richgill77 [9 posts] 3 months ago
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2 hours on trainerroad but I have a full set up with a tv so I find a series to watch while winter training ehih makes it easier biredom wise but still sore bum time.

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SteveAustin [92 posts] 3 months ago
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When i 1st got a turbo about fifteen years ago, i had plans to do epic length rides to get fitter. After several rides it became apparent to me that riding on a  turbo was dull, and was never going to be sustainable for long periods (of time). Think i managed near 1.5 hrs but it was so duul.

Settled on a couple of 30/40 minutes sessions in the end, dont think i could have managed anything longer due to the sheer repetitiveness

 

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PRSboy [143 posts] 3 months ago
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SteveAustin wrote:

When i 1st got a turbo about fifteen years ago, i had plans to do epic length rides to get fitter. After several rides it became apparent to me that riding on a  turbo was dull, and was never going to be sustainable for long periods (of time). Think i managed near 1.5 hrs but it was so duul.

Settled on a couple of 30/40 minutes sessions in the end, dont think i could have managed anything longer due to the sheer repetitiveness

 

Turbos lend themselves much more to shorter sessions at intensity, where you can focus on the interval with no worries about traffic and other distractions.  Put some decent music on and have a structured, challenging session to do and you wont get bored.

I can't imagine why you'd want to do a long session on a turbo unless you can't get outside for some reason, or don't fancy the weather.

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madcarew [524 posts] 3 months ago
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fukawitribe wrote:
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 ?

 

Typically 100 mile race, Interval sessions including warm up

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CXR94Di2 [1961 posts] 3 months ago
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Zwift race yesterday around 2.5hours 56miles

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asdfqwerty [38 posts] 2 months ago
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61 minutes, to be precise. Planned intervals make it bearable. Couldn't ride for any length of time aimlessly without my Wahoo flashing up and telling me what to do.

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rjfrussell [439 posts] 2 months ago
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asdfqwerty wrote:

61 minutes, to be precise. Planned intervals make it bearable. Couldn't ride for any length of time aimlessly without my Wahoo flashing up and telling me what to do.

 

Are you able to program a workout using the wahoo app?  I thought you had to manually change the resistance during the workout?

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fukawitribe [2137 posts] 2 months ago
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rjfrussell wrote:
asdfqwerty wrote:

61 minutes, to be precise. Planned intervals make it bearable. Couldn't ride for any length of time aimlessly without my Wahoo flashing up and telling me what to do.

 

Are you able to program a workout using the wahoo app?  I thought you had to manually change the resistance during the workout?

Not sure about the app but the Wahoo head-units support smart trainer control for rides and work-outs. They've also recently had an update to support generic FE-C trainers, like the newer Garmin Edge head-units do, instead of just their own trainers.

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asdfqwerty [38 posts] 2 months ago
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rjfrussell wrote:
asdfqwerty wrote:

61 minutes, to be precise. Planned intervals make it bearable. Couldn't ride for any length of time aimlessly without my Wahoo flashing up and telling me what to do.

 

Are you able to program a workout using the wahoo app?  I thought you had to manually change the resistance during the workout?

I have a Wahoo Elemnt. I plan the intervals on TrainingPeaks (works with a free account) which is easy: drag and drop intervals into place, set the duration, target HR/Power, etc, for each interval. Then it syncs to the Elemnt.

At the beginning of each interval, the Elemnt starts a new lap and displays the target HR/Power. I have a 'dumb' fluid trainer so I just change gear and go harder/easier as prescribed. It's an easy way to train because you just follow the instructions on the head unit. I guess if you had a smart trainer with erg mode, it would change resistance for you so you hit your power targets for each interval.

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