I’ve been riding for years and years, but only started using a turbo over the last 12 months. Over the last few weeks I’ve developed painful hips and sore quads (more on my left, but does partially affect both legs) which don’t seem to be getting better. I’ve ramped up my Suf use over the winter, doing on average 3-4 workouts a week (mostly fairly intense), and practically zero outside riding.
I’ve never had similar pains from high volume outdoors riding (inc on this bike), so was wondering if anything particularly different for the body from the demands of riding on a turbo? I do tend to sit almost exclusively whilst on the turbo, and hold on average a lower cadence than when outside especially on threshold efforts, but I’d be interested to hear of any similar experiences out there, any advice, and any adaptations in their riding style people have had to make to suit the turbo. I’m looking for an excuse to get a smart trainer, but not sure if they offer any more of a dynamic ride experience than my rigid mag one. Maybe a rocker board… Hopefully it’ll warm up soon and I can brave some outside riding to mix it up a bit! I’m also very bad at stretching/mobility work and am as flexible as plank most of the time.
I know the answer is probably to take some rest, stretch more, look at mobility exercises, etc, but I’m interested in whether others find turbo use more taxing on their bodies. Plus I need an excuse to buy a smart trainer, so if that’s a silver bullet, I’m all ears.