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Training with HR and Rear Wheel Speed on a Turbo

shockedsoshockedshockedsoshocked Posts: 3,981
edited August 2013 in Training, fitness and health
Anyone have any tips? I remember Pete Reads books from a few year back covered this, but is it just as simple as noting your HR for a given speed and seeing improvements? And is speed as reliable as power if everything is calibrated the same (tyre pressure etc?)
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  • 16mm16mm Posts: 545
    Anyone have any tips? I remember Pete Reads books from a few year back covered this, but is it just as simple as noting your HR for a given speed and seeing improvements? And is speed as reliable as power if everything is calibrated the same (tyre pressure etc?)

    Graeme Obrees book has a chapter on this. Well worth buying.
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Have you seen trainer road?
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  • NapoleonD wrote:
    Have you seen trainer road?

    Nope? Worth a google?
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  • dw300dw300 Posts: 1,642
    All the above is just advice .. you can do whatever the f*ck you wana do!
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Sorry I didn't reply about it, went away that evening, no Internet!

    Yeah trainer road is great if you don't have a power meter.
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,258
    Anyone have any tips? I remember Pete Reads books from a few year back covered this, but is it just as simple as noting your HR for a given speed and seeing improvements?

    No - it's nowhere near as simple as that. HR cannot be related to speed, there are too many variables. By all means use HR on a turbo, but relating it to your speed on the turbo will not tell you anything useful.
    And is speed as reliable as power if everything is calibrated the same (tyre pressure etc?)

    You might get away with using speed as a proxy for power with certain types of turbo sessions - like a limit test, for example. If you are trying to replicate power, then don't. Use RPE instead.
  • sungodsungod Posts: 13,531
    for some turbos there's a published/known power curve, once warmed up they are reasonably accurate and repeatable, you can make a simple speed-power table

    for instance...

    http://www.kurtkinetic.com/powercurve.php
    http://www.cycleops.cz/files/trainers.pdf

    fluid ones are better as the power/speed curve is simpler and resistance progressive
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