This past month has brought back some painful memories - the pain that can only be experienced while exercising. A former coach of mine reminded me that your brain (mind) will do trick you into taking the easiest course of action for your body. Sure you think you can push yourself super hard, super massively hard physically, but exactly how much further can you actually push yourself? I know one former (disgraced) cyclist use to ride with a picture of horse on his stem (reputably race horses are devoid of that part of the brain that stops them from exercising so hard that they cardiac arrest).
Horses, race horses, we all need to race our bikes like race horses.
Needless to say I haven’t had a cardiac arrest or raced by bike like a horse (last time I checked I’m still alive and currently retired from racing). All I did was experience the strange feeling that only wind braked trainers can unleash on an untrained set of legs when trying to complete maximal (effort) intervals.
My first experience of what I best describe as ‘a rising tide of muscular fatigue’, came with the first time I used a BT erg. I’m thinking “what the hell”, there isn’t a brake on my back wheel so why does it feel like towards the end of these intervals I’m becoming less and less likely to finish them?!
My second experience came last week with the same intervals (3 sets of 5 x 1 minute maximum with 2 minute recovery between; and a further 8 minutes between sets) on my Revbox erg. I haven’t done these intervals for a good 6 months on the trainer and over 2 months since I’ve done them on the road. But this time I wasn’t tricked into looking behind for an imaginary back brake - I’ve described training on the Revbox erg like riding through treacle and at this moment it felt like mighty thick treacle!
I’m going to jimmy up a redundant back brake on my Revbox erg to remind me of it’s power, I reckon.
While I’m still on my off season and not riding much more than 8, 9 hours a week; I’m doing 2 sessions on the Revbox erg which is enough to remind me to ‘stop-the-lazy-pedal-stroke.’ This aptly named pedal stroke creates a unique whirring noise on the trainer, sharpen up your stroke (I tell my clients “make your stroke as big (a circle) as possible”) and then the trainer noise is smoothed out. This is great when on the road, especially while out on a long ride to imagine being on the Revbox and to create the smooth feeling (since there is no audible feedback).
Did you know the Revbox erg was actually designed to provide audible feedback on your pedal stroke?
On a final note the Revbox erg website (www.http://revbox.co.nz) states:
“Efficient training has a new name”
I’m going to suggest a rebranding:
“Efficient training has a new noise and feel.”
Thanks for reading.