I’m about to start training Li’l Kim style–going to turnt it up, if I can make it through the first day.

I was looking into going to a Computrainer class here locally. It’s pricey, but I’ve heard lots of good things about the gains people have made on the bike from going. While I was researching, I started reading about Trainerroad, and it is much more fitting for how I want to train. Not to mention my budget.

Both of these training programs are geared towards increasing power applied to the pedals. The difference is that for Computrainer I’d have to take my bike in to a location and ride on their trainers. Nice, actually, but it’s the getting there and getting back that are a problem for me, not to mention the hours that you’re restricted to.

Again–three small kids I have to train around. That means lots of very early morning and very late nights to get in my hours.

With Trainerroad, I can use my own trainer and just buy a USB Ant+ device and an Ant+ speed/cadence sensor and I’m ready to go. Trainerroad runs in the web browser and uses virtual power based on the power profile of your trainer to determine how many watts you’re putting out. No, it’s probably not as accurate as a power tap, but it doesn’t cost $1,000 either. As long as the offset is the same every time, what does it really matter anyway? I’m going for absolute gain in power, not trying to get a high score against someone else.

The best part is the price. Instead of $160 for an 8 week Computrainer class, I can just spend ~$80 for the Ant+ devices and then $10/month for access to Trainerroad. Lots of rides are posted there, and more stuff is being added all the time.

The only catch for me is that I don’t own a trainer. That’s a big “gotcha”. Luckily, one of my neighbors has this really nice 1UP trainer, and loathes riding indoors, so he’s letting me borrow it until I can get my spin bike sold and trade up to a trainer. I was looking at this Kinetic before the opportunity to use the 1UP became available.

Get ready for posts. Swim is to Winter 2013 as Bike is to Summer 2013.

The first ride I’ll do is a power threshold test that is supposed to be absolutely murderous. When I recover I’ll post the data.