Rule No. 2: Don’t take it too far.
After riding exclusively indoors for several years, Potts incorporated some outdoor cycling into his training last year, and plans to continue. Why?
“It helped my bike handling a little,” he says. “I think it helped a bit with my cadence, too. I feel you can get lulled into a grinding cadence on a Computrainer. It also helps with the mental game of battling elements and conditions. And physiologically I’m able to push higher watts outside than inside.”
It only makes sense: Since you race outdoors, you need to do some training outdoors. Failure to do so will leave you less than ideally prepared for the elements of outdoor cycling that are different from indoor cycling.