I've got the same trainer and some old Michelin tyre. Do you find it is a bit pulsey? (for want of a better word) I seem to be making a vroom vroom vroom vroom noise, with the vroom occurring from around the 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock pedal positions.
I tried a few evening 10s this year and thought that some sort of winter training plan would be a good idea. Found this: http://www.abcc.co.uk/Articles/turbotrn1.html
Think I will try it, or some variation of it. Rather than 95% or whatever of some number that you worked out when you were riding very hard, I will just try very hard and keep a note of how far I manage to go in the time limit.
Just picked up a Conti home trainer tyre. I am almost tempted to borrow a sound meter from work and measure how much quieter it is.
Thanks for that link, it seems to be the sort of thing I was looking for, I've always had plenty of time for Malcolm Firth as a coach. It seems quite straightforward and relatively simple to follow. I will have to rig up a computer drive to the rear wheel, currently I have an old running watch taped to my stem which has a 'variable bleep' setting (to check on the stride rate) and I've set this at 100 to try and keep a check on pedalling rate.
Regarding the noise, I don't seem to have a 'vroom vroom' - at least, nowhere near as much as the old fan trainer - but there is a noise which I try and regulate by pedalling smoothly so that the variations in tone are kept small. I certainly find this helps to assist pedalling on the road when under pressure and I can concentrate on my pedalling action.
What sort of performances did you manage last season and where did you do them?
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