When I decided to start my winter training journey, my goals were pretty simple. Having grown increasingly tired of the colder months meaning the same thing year after year, all of the miles I had put in during the warmer seasons becoming a distant memory and leaving me on the other side of winter, fatter and slower, it was time for a new approach. As someone who has never really “trained” before, I did not have much in the way of specific fitness goals, other than to break those bad winter riding habits.
With a couple of weeks behind me and one stronger than normal ride on the road, I quickly realized how powerful this tool could be. Not only would I be combating the dreaded winter chub, but I might also actually see myself hitting spring with more fitness than I have ever had! I needed a new goal. The first thing that came to my mind is something that takes place on one of Boulder’s most iconic climbs…Super Flagstaff.
I have climbed it dozens of times in the five years that I have lived in the area, but this particular goal had been well out of my grasp. I could always talk myself out of it by saying things like, “well, I do not really train” or “I do not really ride to be fast.” However, the truth is, I have looked at the number more times than I care to admit. That number is 30:00 or more accurately, 29:59. Under thirty minutes is somewhat of a benchmark for the locals. An unspoken initiation into the, faster than average club. I know it sounds silly, trying to hit a number that is more than 6 minutes off the Strava KOM, but you have to remember, I am just an ordinary Joe and the names that go much faster than 30 minutes are usually paid to ride their bikes. More on the 29:59 goal later, but for now, I am up to my sweaty eyes in base training, and I cannot wait to see where I will land when Spring comes!
Why Wahoo KICKR? This one is simple to answer. If you have ever spent any time with a traditional indoor trainer, you know it is about as close to having a door to your own private, boring, sweat-drenched hell, as it gets. Sure, the sweat is still a very real part of your indoor cycling life, but EVERYTHING else about the KICKR is better. No more worn out tires. No more absurdly loud whirring sounds. No more unrealistic feel. The super simple connectivity with apps like TrainerRoad and Zwift took all of the guess work out of how to structure my training and allows me to focus on getting the work done.