By Brian Duffy Jr. FFT/IOS Pro Development Team
Leading up to Oceanside, the weather was cold in Philadelphia and I had limited time to build up my fitness. One of the most difficult aspects to the beginning of a season, for me, is re-accustoming my mind to handle the pain during workouts, and gaining back the ability to push myself to that next level of hurt. The CompuTrainer helped me quickly progress my cycling fitness as I was able to set a targeted wattage for each workout, forcing me to output a specific level of power. I focused on developing my anaerobic strength prior to the race, and I was able to do this extremely effectively through various workouts. I would often do workouts such as 8×2 minutes at a very high resistance in order to strengthen my legs and build a foundation. Each week I would notice a progression in the number of watts my legs would be able to handle at the same perceived effort. The ability to alter watt outputs with the click of the button allowed me to execute workouts that I would not be able to accomplish outdoors or on a regular trainer. Additionally, I conducted many of my early season long rides on the CompuTrainer. The constant power output for multiple hours allowed me to quickly get back into shape, setting up a great performance at Oceanside 70.3 where I qualified for the Ironman Hawaii. Going forward, and leading up to Kona, I will conduct workouts more revolved around my lactate threshold; workouts similar to 3-4×15 minutes with a few minutes rest. I usually am on the CompuTrainer about twice a week and it always gives me a beneficial, efficient, and hard work out, helping prepare me for success in my races.