First ride Q&A: interactive-trainer rookie
Last week, Kinetic Ambassador Duane Gran had the pleasure of going for an indoor spin with a first-time interactive trainer rider on a Kinetic Rock and Roll | Control trainer and Zwift. Matteo Ottolini was impressed with the experience and totally sold on how fun and efficient the combination of a Kinetic trainer and Zwift can be.
Q: Tell us a little bit about how long you have been riding and what kind of bike riding you do.
A: I’ve started biking only 7 months ago. I have a 2014 Trek Madone and I only do road cycling. This past May I was lucky to meet the Charlottesville Bike community and it has been an eye opening and awesome experience then since.
Q: This ride was your first time using a smart interactive trainer. What did you think of it when you hit the first hill?
A: This was indeed my first time using a smart trainer and once I saw the elevation increasing on the screen I simultaneously felt a pretty realistic increase in the trainer resistance. You can stand up on the bike and really push the hills like you are outside. I also really do think that the new Rock and Roll feature is key to have an “outdoor-like feeling.”
Q: Was it a good workout for you?
A: It was an awesome and hard workout. I really think that training on the trainer can most definitely make you a stronger cyclist because you can train very specifically all your weaknesses. Furthermore, it is way more time efficient if you do not have much time to ride the bike, since you have to keep putting pressure on the pedals all the time rather than sometimes once you are outside you can easily coast along. I feel that an hour on the trainer could be compared to probably 1.5 to 2 hours of outdoor riding. Moreover, if you live, like I do, in a very hilly area sometimes you just want to do an easy recovery ride and the trainer is a great way to avoid hills and to keep the effort steady and easy.
Q: Do you think this sort of riding will make you stronger for upcoming outdoor rides?
A: I guess I’ve already answered that too! But yes, I do think so. You can train your weaknesses and also do more controlled recovery rides. Everything will most likely make you a stronger cyclist!