Coach Mark Edwards (Jim Langley’s coach) sent us this week’s QT, which is a response to last week’s Ask the Coach in which Coach Fred Matheny offered tips on choosing a good saddle for indoor training. Here’s what Coach Mark wrote:
Great and timely topic as those of us in the Northern hemisphere head into winter. As someone who’s spent more time than I’d like to admit on a stationary trainer, I appreciate and have used all of your tips.
There’s one more I’ve found that I thought might be worth sharing. I typically wear two pair of shorts: The base pair are actually padded rowing shorts http://www.jlathletics.com/super-padded-polypro-trou/dp/13783, which use a polar fleece lining that alleviates all the issues with sweat and friction. The outer pair of shorts are bike shorts, which provide the pad.
I’ve logged around 5,000 miles per year on the trainer for over a dozen years, with sessions ranging from 1 to 3 hours. This two-short strategy has completely eliminated all the issues I’ve experienced over the years.
If you have an idea for a QT, fire away. We’re always looking for good info we can share with fellow roadies. We would love to hear from you with any suggestions you have. Contact us by clicking Quick Tips Ideas.
—John Marsh & The RBR Team