I am a relatively new cyclist so I am starting from a base of nothing much (FTP 160ish, think I am about 2.3W/kg, 40 year old female). I used to be a runner but I discovered cycling and find I enjoy it much more and seem to be a bit better at it. I have been looking at different indoor training platforms and have chosen TR because I want to get faster and I am not bothered about collecting points or immersive gaming.
I am after some advice about the best option for setting up my bike. I have my posh carbon bike which has a power meter (eBay bargain!), my old bike which doesn’t have a PM, a newly acquired second hand smart trainer (Elite Novo Smart) and a set of Tacx rollers. I would like to get the most out of my training and have read that cheaper smart trainers are not that accurate. Is it best to use my old bike on the smart trainer and not take too much notice of the actual power numbers / just train consistently or should I use my best bike on the trainer and use the real power readings? I don’t really want to wreck my best bike, but equally I don’t want to put in hours of training a week and not be in the correct work ranges. The PM is a quarq so I can’t move it between bikes. I am assuming that the smart trainer is better than the rollers. I like the rollers but I need a more structured plan - before now I have just put the bike on and ridden for 60-90 minutes in Z2.
I guess what I am after (after all that rambling) is advice on
- smart trainer vs rollers and
- relying on smart trainer power output figures vs sweating all over my pride and joy best bike to get the proper power readings…
Sorry if the questions are silly - I don’t know anything much about cycling and no one I know cycles so I have no one to ask! Thanks