Most of my cycling friends don’t own a turbo trainer (also called home trainer). They say it’s boring. They say riding outside in the winter toughens you up. I don’t see anything fun about cycling in winter when it’s wet, cold and miserable. The risk of injury, accidents, and sickness is huge. Poor visibility, poor road conditions, rain, wind, traffic, are amongst the risks that can potentially hinder your progress by making you ill, or worse, ruin your entire season, just because you wanted to rack some mileage, and show all your friends on Strava how many kilometers you have ridden. So, unless you live in Florida or Australia, I don’t see the point of going out for long rides in the winter.
Winter is a great time to take a break from training and racing, but is also a great time to try other sports and freshen things up. Cross training has huge benefits. I am lucky to live near the mountains, and I usually go cross country skiing or snow shoeing.
When I started triathlon, I was advised by my coach to get a turbo trainer, and I have never looked back. Turbo trainers are much better than the usual gym stationary bikes, as they enable you to ride your own bike throughout the year. Gym bikes are poorly fitting, but if that’s all you have, it’s better than nothing. Some people prefer rollers, which are much better for your cycling skills, but I much prefer the turbo as you can really focus on one thing: power.
Check out the the Flow Smart, an interactive Smart trainer, offering a range of training sessions, even during the winter.