I took up cycling three years ago and have gotten progressively addicted. Last year I rode almost 15,000 miles, including many centuries. I could do it because I lived in Arizona. But I moved to Wisconsin in September and can't ride outside due to the cold and snow. I'm getting depressed and morose. This may seem like a silly reaction, but I'm serious. I mope around. I've lost my appetite and given up a social life because all my friends were cyclists and now I don't see them. Don't tell me to train indoors or cross-country ski. I want to ride!
I'm a relatively new rider and have read that a higher cadence is better, so I'm trying to increase mine to 100 rpm. I have no trouble maintaining 95-100 with my bike on a trainer, but when I reach 95 on the road, it feels unnatural. Is there something about riding outside that makes me want to use a lower cadence than I should?
Could you settle an argument? I don't have a trainer, so I walk on a treadmill for an hour. It's set for a 12-degree incline. My friend says this workout won't help my cycling, but it maxes my heart rate and I believe I can tell the difference when I ride. Who's right?
I moved to Florida recently and enjoy the cycling here. I have ambitious ultra-distance goals for next season. I plan to do a brevet series starting in January and want to peak for a long event in July. Your eBooks have been very helpful, but I can't figure out how to train in the "off season" down here. Traditional advice just doesn't seem to apply when some of the best riding is in winter. What's the right approach?
I bet you're sick of questions about how to escape boredom on the trainer, but this winter has gone on forever and I'm still grinding away in the basement. I try to pedal for at least an hour, four days a week. I've followed all your previous workout advice. Do you have any other sanity-saving ideas till the weather finally allows me to ride outside?