Kenmare Tri Club

Turbo training has re-commenced in the Kilmurry Business park on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8pm. Why not bring along your bike and try it out? Turbo is not just for elite triathletes or cyclists but for all levels of cyclists from beginners onwards.
Kenmare Tri Club are offering a special deal for the next six weeks. The cost to non members for the twice weekly session for six weeks is €45, plus Triathlon Ireland insurance €18.50. Turbo will be free to members of Kenmare Tri club. The cost of joining the club, which includes Triathlon Ireland associate membership, is €58 from now until December 2015. This is done through the Triathlon Ireland website but we will provide access to the website next Tuesday 25th at the beginning of the training. You will need to bring a visa or debit card in order to complete payment online. If you register online yourself please bring the confirmation email to show your membership.
Here are some answers to the questions you might ask about turbo.
What is a turbo trainer? Turbo trainers are quite simply a device that enables you to ride your bike, stationary, indoors. As such they have become the de facto training equipment for the winter months. Turbo trainers, or turbos as they are commonly known, clamp around the quick release skewer of a bike’s rear wheel suspending it in an A-frame. This frame positions the rear tyre so that it sits on a roller, as you pedal and spin your rear wheel the roller turns too. A resistance unit is attached to the roller and uses air, fluid or magnetic means to vary resistance against which you are pedaling.
Why use a turbo? Many riders see turbo time as tortuous and or extremely boring, so opt not to use them. However, even those that dislike them acknowledge turbos as a great tool for targeted training and maintaining fitness. Winter is often seen as turbo time, as icy conditions mixed with rain, wind and generally unpredictable conditions makes heading out on long rides no fun. Choosing to turbo is a safer and more time efficient riding option. Avoiding bad weather is a good enough reason to use a turbo, but the real benefit is to use it as an effective method of training, as you can work on any specific fitness component and focus a training session to the second. This is why many elite riders use them year round focusing their sessions and supplementing their road miles.
Turbo trainers also allow for intense efforts to be completed without worrying about traffic, road junctions or undulating terrain that doesn’t allow for constant, steady state efforts. Whether a speedy sprint session or a longer interval pyramid there’s a specific session for whatever it is you’re looking to improve.
Similarly it’s great for those tight of time, or training after work in the winter when it’s too dark to head out on the road. Just a 30 minute blast on the turbo every other day before or after work can have major benefits on your overall fitness levels. With research showing the effectiveness of high intensity, short interval training on cardiovascular fitness it’ll really benefit those with little time to ride. Just bring a bike, a towel and some water.
Congratulations to club member Katherine O’Sullivan on being first lady home at the Humpty Dumpty Duathlon last month.

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