I’m doing TrainerRoad’s “8 Days in California” Challenge.
I received an email from TrainerRoad last night announcing their new 8 Days in California Challenge. This looks really cool:
“8 Days in California simulates what an 8 day stage race might be like in California through TrainerRoad.com’s software. Workouts will simulate a live race with a story overarching the entire event. Riders will be challenged to cover breaks, bring up water bottles and protect their team’s GC contender.
The challenge will consist of 8 workouts over 8 days. Workouts will last between one and two hours. There will be flat stages, mountain climbs and even a time trial.
Riders who successfully complete the challenge and do their duties to the team will receive a coveted 8 Days in California badge on their career page.
The workouts for 8 Days in California will be announced one week before it starts (May 5th, 2013). We will release each day’s workout the night before it happens.“
The backstory is that participants will assume the roll of domestique, providing support for the TrainerRoad Pro Continental team leader. This challenge will involve eight straight days of rides on the trainer and, as mentioned above, each ride will be between between 1 and 2 hours.
No details on the actual workouts have been released yet, but since this is a race simulation I expect the workout difficulty levels will range from moderate to absolutely devastating.
I’ve decided to go ahead and do this. While eight straight days of riding indoors is not something I’d normally want to do, I think this is a really cool idea. I expect to be seriously challenged, and I think the workouts will bring about some positive adaptation and improvements to my fitness/FTP.
If you are not familiar with TrainerRoad, my full review can be found here.
Want to take part? To use TrainerRoad, you’ll need a bike, a compatible indoor trainer (most are supported, but I highly recommend the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine–my review on the Kinetic Road Machine is here), at least one ANT+ device (heart rate monitor, speed sensor, cadence sensor, power meter), a computer and an ANT+ USB stick. My TrainerRoad review goes into more detail on all of this, so check that out if you’re looking for more information.
You’ll want to test your FTP before the challenge so that the workouts are scaled to your current fitness level (I talk about how to do that in my TrainerRoad review).
If you’re looking for ideas/inspiration for setting up your own indoor cycling training rig, check out my Bike Torture Chamber article. In that article I detail all the equipment I’m using, with plenty of pictures and links.
Anyone else thinking about taking part in this?