Doing long rides outside may be difficult on local roads for a while, as the weather has definitely taken a turn. From low 60’s, clear and dry on last Tuesday, the temperature plummeted and snow began on Wednesday, making cycling a difficult challenge. With yesterday’s high of 15, snow packed roads and icy shoulders, outdoor cycling is just about shut down for now.
Turning to indoor cycling is a good alternative. Most gyms in town have some kind of cycling machines. Many have spin classes. And many fortunate athletes have cycling trainers, rollers or CompuTrainers at home on which they can use their own bikes to get a safe and warm workout.
One of the challenges for some indoor cyclists is boredom. Riding inside on a trainer doesn’t have the intellectual stimulation of outdoor rides, with changing temperatures, breezes, scenery, bird calls, traffic, road hazards and variable terrain to keep the cyclist’s attention. Now there is a new product to help indoor cyclists maximize their workout gains and sharpen their focus.
Author Craig Howie and videographer Kevin Lynch have teamed up to develop a video series featuring high-definition video of famous bike courses and voice-over instructions for a specific mental improvement techniques. The four, one-hour video set, called The Four Pillars of Triathlon Video Series, coaches cyclists through helpful mental conditioning techniques they can practice while they do their indoor rides. The series teaches cyclists nearly two dozen specific, practical and effective mental conditioning techniques to help with motivation, discipline, imagination and recovery.
Author and narrator Craig Howie is an ultra-distance runner, musician, former professional triathlete and full-time triathlon coach. Craig says, "Everyone talks about mental toughness, but no one ever talks about how to become mentally tough. This video series tells you how by offering step by step instructions for mental training exercises and pairs it with beautiful real course video footage. Not only will you be training your mind, you will be training your mind in the context where you will need it come race day."
Athletes who have used CompuTrainers have likely seen Kevin Lynch’s videos. Kevin has taken video of practically every Ironman bike course and many famous tour rides, including the Tour de France and Tour of California. Kevin has assembled some of his most inspiring and iconic video to accompany the narration leading cyclists through the mental conditioning techniques.
Kevin uses the video series when he leads CompuTrainer sessions with athletes in his studio on Bainbridge Island across the water from Seattle. Kevin says, “I think that among the myriad benefits that the Four Pillars of Triathlon Video Series offers athletes during their indoor cycle training is the one of wholeness. The Four Pillars of Triathlon Video Series combines terrific video with an amazing amount of coaching expertise. And not just of the physical. Co-author and narrator Craig Howie has compiled a four-volume epic that puts one in the driver’s seat of mind/body training. It is the whole enchilada. In my humble estimation, this video series satisfies each and every requirement for successful indoor cycle training. And then some.”
For more information about The Four Pillars of Triathlon Video Series and to view the trailer: