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Can anyone recommend where i should start?
Is there a good reasonably priced training app without monthly subscriptions? Happy to pay for the cost of the software but am wary about monthly subscriptions.
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You can also do some reading and create your own sessions. It's not too difficult, it's more remembering to make sessions that are realistic and manageable. You have to be able to finish them.
That's really all you need. You could also do Zwift - it has some structured workouts on it. don't know what it costs though.
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Zwift is by far the most popular one, particularly for recreational to semi competitive riding. It's basically designed to make riding fun, regular and engaging. It's mainly a social platform and has lots of group rides and races, but also has training tools and solo workout stuff.
Trainer Road is very structured with the idea of doing workouts for the maximum efficiency and with very set goals in mind. A lot of time crunched competitive cyclists/triathletes use it religiously to follow training regimens as prescribed by coaches or by themselves.
I don't know much about Sufferfest.
There's more than enough info on the net and youtube to learn exactly how they all work and what they're strengths and weaknesses are before deciding which one to use.
Zwift is really the reason in many ways smart trainers are a thing and why people are spending $1,000 - $2,000 on trainers now. If all you want to do is workout modes there's not that much gain over a normal $400 trainer. Seeing as you have a Kickr, I think the free Zwift trial would be a good place to start out and see how it all works. Join the Zwift/Kickr Owners Facebook groups if you have any questions or just to see what people are talking about.
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I use Trainerroad and Zwift - but both are paid subscriptions.
It really depends on how motivated you are to keep at it. Zwift is a good one and probably the best overall to keep you "in the groove" to train indoors.
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Would much rather apply Rule V and ride on the road.
Generally didn't though and wussed out.
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I am fairly happy with my iphone setup on an out-front mount and watching concerts. Rather than a formal programs (except natural warm-ups and warm downs), I let the music and mood drive it so you can imagine the difference between a Celin Dion concert and Metallica... the later being more enjoyable and effective.
Often artist that have a nice mix in tempo and energy work well like the Foo Fighter a opposed the musicians that are always up-tempo or down-tempo.
On Youtube there are some videos with POV rides and suitable music - electronic with a good beat. I tend to match my cadence to the beat.
Sufferfest are good training videos especially when you want a set-workout.
Zwift requires more setup and think your system is very well suited to connecting in, when you get that immersive feeling of riding with others (rather than training as a solo activity) this can add the motivation and enjoyment that indoor train sometimes can't otherwise offer.
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VeloReality for the software (free from https://veloreality.com), and purchase their excellent HD videos of famous and enjoyable rides (from about $15ea).
The Kickr resistance will be controlled by the software, depending on the steepness of the road. It is vey realistic.
There is a free demo ride of the Paterburg to see if you like it.
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