This weekend has seen some pretty wild weather with strong winds and heavy rain. Some roads resemble small streams while Autumn leaves create a carpet of doom! So the question I am often asked is: should I ride or do an indoor turbo session instead. My response is – ask yourself two questions before digging out the waterproofs;
Is is dangerous to ride? This is pretty easy to answer when there is two feet of snow outside the front door, or the roads are icy. Its not so easy to make a judgement call when its wet and windy. Sure rinding into a headwind can be character building! but it crosses into dangerous when its blustery. As for rain, well if we didn’t ride in the rain then we would miss about 60% of our Sunday rides. But rain = slippy roads and reduces visibility for both the rider and the motorist. So that leads us on to the second question one that is often ignored especially by bravado athletes.
Is is beneficial to ride? In other words is it the most effective use of your training time. When its not dangerous but it is unpleasant to cycle would an athlete gain a greater training effect by completing a quality turbo session instead of battling wind and rain? In my experience a 45 minute structured, specific indoor turbo session is vastly superior to spending 2 hours riding and getting soaked, cold, feeling nervous and vulnerable in the adverse weather conditions
I know the die hard cycling brigade will throw their Ron Hill Tracksters in the air and proclaim ” There is no such thing as bad weather just bad equipment” However these are the same guys who ride for 3 hours and have a one hour tea and cake stop in Chipping half way. Go figure!