Does Indoor Training Work For Mountain Biking? | Turbo Training Session Vs A Lunchtime Ride

Does Indoor Training Work For Mountain Biking? | Turbo Training Session Vs A Lunchtime Ride


– Mountain biking is
about the great outdoors. Fresh air, getting a good workout. – Yes, but for some of us, mainly in the northern hemisphere,
in the middle of winter, the great outdoors is pretty grim place. – Yeah, potentially but
what’s the alternative? – What about supplementing
your dirt action with a bit of indoor training? – I mean, yeah, but isn’t
that kind of a road side thing for mountain bikers, really? – Well, I know how many
of you love going out for a lunch time ride,
whatever the weather. Whilst I frankly can’t be
bothered to get my bike ready, then all the cleaning afterwards. So, I’ve got a different plan. So I’m heading to my indoor trainer, but what Henry doesn’t
realize is that the technology has moved on a lot in the last few years, so with the help of
Zwift I’ve got us set up and I’m going to have a go. Is it proper training and is it as much fun as a proper ride? (upbeat music) I only have an hour so timing is key on a lunch time train. Having my Zwift set up 24/7 means there’s no delay to
get straight on the bike. – Alrighty then, so I have one hour, so let’s start your
engines and away we go. Now I need to do a quick warm up, so might do some impromptu tai chi. Just some of the old karate chops, yeah. Yeah, feeling pretty good, few of these. Limber. All right, so, slippers. Deactivate traction mode. Phone, activate amphibian mode. Now there’s an old saying, hope for the best, but prepare the worst. My motto is hope for the best
and also prepare for the best. No jacket today. Funny enough, I’ve only
got one glove with me, so I’m going to go el glove less. But let’s get going! (soft upbeat music) – For those of you that
have no idea what Zwift is, it’s an indoor training app
where you can ride, train, and even race against thousands
of other online riders around the world. So today I’m going to try one of Zwift’s intermediate training plans and also go through some of
the new features now available. Let’s get warmed up! (upbeat music) You can now ride a mountain
bike and you can ride it off road within a two mile
section of single track, called Repack Ridge. It’s so realistic even the
fat mountain bike tires roll just a bit slower than
the skinny road tires. Plus, you’ve got steering input from your Zwift Companion app that keeps you on the right life. (upbeat music) Let’s see how Henry’s getting on. (upbeat music) – Hello triple header. Bus, bus fumes and traffic cones. Absolute match made in heaven, but we’re making some progress. Just a solid walking pace. I wonder how Neil’s getting
on, sweating out his eyeballs. (electronic dance music) That’s nice, that. (mellow guitar music) – The game changer with
Zwift is how it gamifies what is just turbo training. To set up our bike,
chose different equipment and even win it as you
progress through the levels with more riding, plus
actually getting into races with other people around the world is fun. And if you’re anything
like as competitive as me, then you’ll probably end up
getting quiet a hard workout trying to smash someone else. You can even communicate
with the other riders. I can even choose a Canyon Lux just like mine in real life. There’ve been a load of
mountain bikes released like the Scott Spark and the
Specialized S-Works Epic. Choose the world you want
to ride in and your route, plus there’s even the Zwift
Companion app on your phone. And there you go, you can get out riding in the virtual world, but if
you want a bit more structure, there’s loads of different workout plans and that’s what I’m going to do today. (upbeat music) – Geez Louise, oh my goodness. Although, that was pretty hard riding and yes, it is windy and rainy and cold. It’s pretty nice just to
get out there and be wet from the rain, you know and
just sweating and working hard. That’s pretty cool! Obviously, you might want less traffic and you might want it to be 30 degrees, but you can’t have it all. Just got to make due
and build your strong. Puts hairs on your chest. Probably turns them gray, but
that’s just the way it goes. (soft upbeat music) But at least I’m off the road now. (soft upbeat music) It’s going to be wet and
greasy, oh it is wet and greasy. Oh my. (soft upbeat music) Oh man, I hate slippy wet, ah! Oh no, genius it’s wet! (upbeat music) Oh my God. (laughs) (soft upbeat music) It’s pretty wet. (laughs) (upbeat dance music)
♪ You got me falling ♪ ♪ You got me falling ♪ – You’ll need a computer of some sort to run the Zwift app like
a laptop, a tablet, a phone or it’s even available on Apple TV. You’ll need a Zwift account, although there is a free seven day trial if you want to try that first. A bike, either a mountain
bike or a road bike, a trainer and you need to download the Zwift app. So you can use just about any trainer, an old school turbo where
the speed turns, rollers, even stationary bikes
you find in most gyms, but to get the best experience,
you want a smart trainer ’cause that’s going to change
the amount of resistance you feel through the pedals. Depends on loads of smart information like the road surface you’re riding on. Also for drafting other riders, that might be new to some mountain bikers. There’s always been loads of
great road work action plans on Zwift, but new are these. Aimed at off road riders like ourselves. I’m going for the Dirt
Destroyer, this is intermediate, might leave the advanced
ones for a few weeks. Also, Zwift is going to
set up this to my ability ’cause it already knows
my fitness level and FTP from previous use, but you
can set that up yourself so you know you’ll be able to do it. As a retired pro, I used to
use a couple of turbo training sessions pretty much
every week, year around. So, I know from experience
that turbo training for mountain bikers is a thing. It’s sort of an easy way
to do some really targeted training and even now, as a retired pro, I do still get on and
ride a Zwift occasionally. (soft upbeat music) – Some of that was actually
a bit sketchy (laughs), like, it got the adrenaline pumping, sometimes I think you just
want to have a nice workout and maybe I got bit more
than I bargained for, but with that being said,
I’ve got to get back to work and I’ve got to get there quickly, so I’m absolutely charge back and get with cleaning all this mess. Oh, the brake. (laughs) Jesus wept. Oh my God, it’s good to be back. – Henry.
– Good ride? – Good.
– Did I have a good ride? Look at me!
– Bit muddy. – I just have to get
showered down in the court. I can’t even go inside. – Back to work, shower’s free. – Unbelievable. – So, is indoor training a
thing for mountain bikers? – I would say probably. It’s not something I’ve done
a lot of, but I think today you have probably a far
better use of your time. I spent most of it cleaning the bike. – Yeah, for me, I mean, riding on Zwift or on a turbo trainer doesn’t replace a fun mountain bike ride, it’s just a piece of the
puzzle for training for me. I can go to the gym or
can jump on the Turbo or I can go for a long
ride, but winter in the UK, I find in the last few weeks
I’ve spent so much time cleaning my kit and my bike, that rather than go out for an hour, I think I’d rather go on my Zwift. – Yeah, I think if you ride for a half an hour or three hours, you’re going to get the same
amount of muddy, really. – [Neil] Yeah. – And the same amount
of cleaning involved. So for the short blast into the tune up, maybe Zwift is a good option. – Well the numbers are the numbers. You did a 36 minute 51 ride,
but I’ve almost doubled that, so an hour and five.
– Oh right, yeah. – But you can see, you went
hard, you went really hard. You did 1,108 maximum watts. That’s good.
– Is that good? – Yeah, that’s really good. So actually your average
watts as well was 187. Whereas my wattage are
293 max and 168 average. So I’ve had a mellower time
out, but yours is much shorter so you’ll see that actually
I’ve burned 612 calories, compared to your 412. And I’ve had a really specific workout, that’s the big difference.
– That’s what I was going to say. – Is this was the Dirt
Destroyer, 70 RPM strength ramps, so it really focuses on a fitness thing. You had more fun than
me, I’m sure you did. – Well, yes and no. For me, the way I would train
and I use inverted commas, by no mistake there. Is there’s a hill, so I just go okay, now it’s time to go fast.
– Go for it. – [Henry] Go for it, and then
but once you run out of hills, that’s your training pretty much over. – Yeah.
– Similarly, it was so wet and it depends on the area you live in and if you’re even lucky
enough to have a power leap outside your door.
– Yeah, true. – But, some of it wasn’t
actually fun for me. – Yeah.
– It was just like, oh, you know, it was beyond saturated. It was–
– Yeah. – [Henry] It was an absolute bog fest. – But fun and indoor trainings, they go hand in hand. Personally in the past, it
would be more of a satisfaction, it wouldn’t be fun. Zwift does make it way more engaging, it’s changed turbo training for me totally because no longer do I stare at a wall and just look at the watch
waiting for it tick down. I’ll quite happily sit there
and engage with other riders, I’m watching what’s going on, that is a big difference for me. – Yeah, I mean, they always
say time’s a constant, go on a turbo trainer and stare at a wall. – Yeah.
– Honestly, it slows down. – Yeah. – But I’m actually
really curious to try it and in fact, I’m actually going
to commit to the Zwift life. I’m going to give it a go.
– Give it a blast, see how you feel.
– Yeah. – [Neil] How are you going to set it up? – I think I’m just going to get
quite an entry level road bike and leave it set up, 24/7.
– Yeah that is a thing. We didn’t go into the set up in this video because it does take a little bit of time, but in winter personally, at home my road bike
sits there permanently so, that time is down to nothing. I just get kit up and jump
on the thing, good to go. – I think in some ways, you
know, cyclists in general, we sort of take indoor
training for granted. We think aw, it’s the Boogie
Man that I’m never going to do, but I think if you told
riders 50 years ago, that over winter they can
keep their fitness up, in the comfort of their
own home, only a meter away from a cup of tea once they’re done. They’d bite your arm off! – I know people sent to
me things on social media, why don’t you just go outside? And it’s not always as easy as that. Especially when you’ve got a family and your time might be limited, so for me that’s the
biggest advantage to this, is just being able to
do it, as well as ride. – Yeah, I think it’s
definitely got it’s place. – Okay, if you want to
see a video from GCN, Zwift for Beginners, it’s a
great one if you’re thinking about getting into Zwift,
click there for that one. – As always guys, don’t
forget to like and subscribe and we will see you next
time, thank you very much! – Thumbs up if you like indoor training!