Sorry for that tangent, but I just had to get that out. Anyway, keep this chart handy because you'll need to refer to it in the next few months..and if you can't get outside and ride..why not ride inside? Ok..ok..I hear ya, I hate riding inside too. Well, I used to hate riding inside, but I don't anymore. Why? Because I figure if I'm going to train indoors I might as well make it as enjoyable as I can. I've just about tried every indoor trainer on the market and have to say, without a shadow of doubt, that the computrainer is THE SH$T when it comes to indoor trainers. That is, the Computrainer linked to a computer loaded with Virtual Reality Training software. Computrainer sells their Real Course Videos that are ok but the software to support them isn't that great. Although I have heard that Computrainer is coming out with new software this Fall (we'll see). The other alternative (and a better one it seems), is HD videos from Erg Video using the Erg Video 3 software. I'll give a review on this setup in a week or so.
If you can't afford a Computrainer, Computer and Virtual Reality Software split the cost with a friend. Besides, it's more fun to ride with/against someone than it is riding solo. If you're an athlete that I coach, I can get you a Computrainer at a coaches discount..which is hundreds off the retail price. If you can't pony up the money, rob a bank. (JK) If you don't want to pony up the money for one, you have two choices, either a) buy a cheaper indoor trainer and be bored to tears training on it this Winter or b) just ride outside when it's 20F. Lets see, 20F and 20 mph equals a whopping 4F Windchill..that's assuming you have no wind. If it's a windy day, and you have a 10 mph wind in your face and you're riding 18 mph (that'd be 28mph effective wind speed total) then you got a nice 1F windchill...brrrr. Your choice!
Power ON! Coach Rob