Indoor training is commonly associated with poor weather and winter months but with the boom in fitness apps, development of indoor cycling equipment and the ever-unreliable British climate, indoor training has become more of an all year practice.
Not only has the technical evolution of turbo trainers and rollers become more affordable and easier to use, but fitness apps like Zwift help with the mental will-power required to get rolling indoors - as we all know, mental motivation can sometimes be the hardest hurdle to overcome!
So here are a few irrefutable reasons why you should use Zwift to keep you pedalling all year round...
Unless you have your fan on full blast, you won't have to play a careful balancing act between riding your bike and battling the elements, or cars or annoying traffic light stops.
Zwift offers detailed road routes from all over the world which allow you to sail along your virtual road without having to worry about external surprises like potholes and the occasional rogue animal jumping across your path.
If you struggle for time, like so many of us do, indoor training is flexible and efficient. You don't need to worry about how much daylight you have or whether you can get a decent ride into a short span of time, you can simply hop on your trainer and pedal it out.
If you really want to make the most of your precious time, try out some of Zwift's training plans to help you focus on the areas you want to improve most on.
Zwift is always there for you and available through a number of devices so you can Zwift wherever you are.
If you have a goal, an event or challenge that you're really going for, then Zwift is here to help.
You can program your Zwift ride to mimic distances and even routes that you may be facing on your challenges. But recording your training stats, you'll be able to see your performance progress and keep a log of your efforts so you can feel fully prepared for conquering your goal.
Once you've signed up and logged on to Zwift, you create a profile which allows you to interact with other Zwift users. You can buddy up with your real-world friends and make some new ones along the way. This is a great interactive tool which helps keep you motivated through the encouragement of your online friends and who doesn't love a little bit of friendly competition?
There are also many social rides on Zwift that you can take part in, including women's only rides and events.
Fancy becoming a pro cyclist? Each year, Zwift teams up with the Canyon//SRAM women's race team to find new cycling talent.
By pedalling through specific tasks and challenges, you could find yourself riding towards a pro contract from the comfort of your own home. By getting familiar with the training program early on, you'll be ready to tackle anything when entries next open.
Not just for cycling...
Cycling is our passion, of course! But many of us like to indulge in other activities also, whether it's climbing, gym sessions, swimming or running, we enjoy giving our muscles a little bit of variety and keeping our training plans fresh.
Zwift Run is another great training option, especially handy if you're a triathlete. Run marathons, sprints and build up fitness in your running muscles to help support your cycling ones!
Seeing your training record reflect performance progress is perhaps one of the best natural highs. Shaving time off your record, seeing that power output rise and going the further distance creates an addictive feeling.
It's fun, it's easy and when you have goals to smash or friends to Zwift with, the possibilities are endless.
So what are you waiting for? Get Zwifty!
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