Confessions of an Indoor Cyclist (part1) by John Birtchet-Sharpe (member cc55)
Hello for those of you that don’t know me my name is John Birtchet-Sharpe (JBS) and I have been a club cyclist for a couple of years and also had the pleasure of being a CCC member for nearly a year.
On August 1st 2012 while mountain biking in California I had an accident that broke my right arm and unfortunately the local hospitals would not recognize my insurance so It was already badly damaged previously after getting hit by a lorry in 1996 meant that it is not healing all to well (with a possible further operation on the cards).. and this has prevented me from hitting the roads .. at this stage I am kind of like the ghost of the club, pay my subs …the odd face book message and a strange face at one of the social gatherings so now you know who I am. (ok John get on with it ..) By September of last year being out of action for 4 months and not allowed to do any form of exercise coupled with an increase in eating plan I picked up in the states I was out of shape and nearly 95kilo’s (14 stone 9lbs in old money) .. that was an increase of 2 stone 4lbs of bad weight (no muscle involved in anyway), Something needed to be done, so I bought a turbo trainer from Kev , a basic 5 setting but solid elite trainer ..and even though I could not use it yet, it allowed me time to formulate how I was going to use it and what I hoped to achieve with it. In the last 4 months using the trainer I have got back to what I would consider a good B
In the last 4 months using the trainer I have got back to what I would consider a good B rider form, I am 83 kilo’s and my ftp is up to a neutral 215 (2.95 watts /kg) , Not where you would need to be for a good TT , race or even a medal standard sportive ride …but a good base to start training for better numbers, this has all been thanks to the turbo, some video’s and a little bit of sweat (not to mention some cracking music) Now on with the guide Who this is for : Part 1 is for the novice to general club rider , People who like to go out and ride rather then train (though most of the sessions I list here would be a nice post hard ride chill session). There will be an beginner/intermediate document /posting in six weeks time when I have finished beating myself up and I am ready to hit the next Plato. Please Note : I am not a medically qualified individual, not a trainer nor do I have certification in Physical education. I John Birtchet-Sharpe or Chorley Cycling Club take no responsibility for any induced injury that may occur while performing sessions based on the articles information. Before beginning any training program if you suffer from a known or suspected medical condition please consult your doctor.
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OK Ass is covered lets move on…..
What type of turbo :
I will be dealing with the cheap to mid range (sub £250) range of turbo’s these still can kick out some serious watts of power (400+ at 40kph) but do not have all the bells and whistles of interactive data recording or internet racing etc. Data recording (heart rate / power) will become a factor in the next article but for this one …how you feel with some mention of cadence will be the name of the game. Its about getting the the heart pumping and the legs moving while having as much fun as possible in a stationary and sweat inducing environment.