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Going from Trainer Workouts to Outside Cycling

The transition from focused, indoor workouts to the ‘real-world’ outside can be challenging. If you are following a training plan this might mean leaving some of the ‘perfect workouts’ behind and thinking more about route choice, bike type, and clothing.

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Remember that winter is always around the corner (“It’s a trap!) and that you can ride your indoor trainer (or go to the gym, or cross-train) year round. This is a concept I use with most of my clients. You want to ready to move in a variety of ways so you can thrive in a wide variety of conditions.

Help Make Your Transition to Outdoor Riding Better By:
– Keeping your trainer setup longer (if not year round)
– Get Fenders (Good ones!)
– Waterproof and warm/versatile clothes help make you happy and get more training in. Canadian Cycling Mag did an article on Spring Cycling Clothing here
– Combine indoor and outdoor rides (or cross-training) to get that volume in. Sundays long ride could be done as 90 min outside, 1hr inside is a great way to nurse your way to good weather!

In the below podcast episode on the Canadian Cycling Magazine Podcast, I am interviewed by Editor Mathew Pioro about how to successfully make this transition. Enjoy the whole episode or jump to minute 19:30 when my segment starts!

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