Riding the rollers can help with winter training doldrums. A little more lively than the trainer, they give you much more of a real road feel. Riding the rollers also requires a bit more concentration which can help to keep you mentally engaged during a workout.
Beyond providing a little mental balance, you can get in some effective cardio workouts on the rollers without straining your legs. You can ride intervals, working up to tempo or threshold zones, and really get a great aerobic workout. But, since there isn’t much resistance on the rollers, your legs won’t be required to generate a lot of watts. That can be really great this time of year when your legs really aren’t ready for a lot of strength training yet.
So, dust off those rollers to achieve a little balance – mental and physical – this winter.
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