Taking on 500+ miles over seven days in the fight to end cancer is a very impressive commitment and also one that requires appropriate preparation and equipment. So here at the Empire State Ride, we have compiled several resources that we think will be the most beneficial to our participants. Finding the right gear and equipment can be quite challenging without experience and background knowledge, so we asked a former competitive ironman triathlete and professional track cyclist, Dena Eaton, for advice.

Indoor Training, an evil necessity

Riding outdoors in the cold is not an enticing scenario. Combine the cold with the snow that some of us experience, and the thought of an outdoor riding experience quickly becomes unbearable. For these days, having an indoor trainer at your disposal is a great alternative.

Several types of indoor trainers are available at various price points. The simplest version is a traditional wind trainer, followed by more advanced models like the magnetic or fluid trainers. Whereas the wind trainer is very noisy the magnetic and fluid trainer are quieter but also a little more expensive. Moving up the ladder there are models that feature interactive training programs or highly realistic ride feel such as the Wahoo or CycleOps Silencer.

Regardless of your preference, indoor training is the ideal way to add base hours when the weather outside won’t cooperate. Base miles are essentially long rides in heart rate zones 1 and 2 and are the bread and butter of any cyclist’s training program. Train in intervals and switch between an intense period and a recovery period. Although they seem like a waste, base miles ensure stronger legs and heart once the snow melts.

For more advice on indoor trainer and base miles, check out these blogs from Dena:

Or join the conversation! Head over to our Ask the Empire State Riders Facebook group and join this conversation about using indoor trainers.

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