Cycling Tips for Indoor Training Sessions
By Dr. Lamont Tyler
Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as medical director for the Bloomington, Illinoisbased OSF Medical Group, where he presides over Eastern Region Specialty Physician Services. When he finds time away from his professional responsibilities, Dr. Lamont Tyler enjoys cycling. Though most cyclists prefer outdoor excursions to stationary indoor workouts, inclement weather and other factors can make it impractical to ride outdoors from time to time. Consider these indoor training tips next time it is too cold or wet for a ride. 1. Practice drills. Trainers and stationary bikes are useful for drills that are awkward on the road. Try oneleg circles, alternating legs every three minutes. Adjust the resistance to practice high or lowcadence drills without worrying about terrain or obstacles. 2. Take advantage of indoor resources. Hop off the bike to change a sweaty chamois for a fresh one, or to get a refill of water. Consider setting up a fan if you experience overheating. Keeping comfortable indoors will make the workout more enjoyable.
3. Join a class. A good instructor can provide an intense and structured workout, and the presence of other members provides a little accountability.