I'm new to riding the trainer. This is my first year on it. I've been doing it pretty consistently for the past month. What I've noticed is its a heck of a lot harder to ride on the trainer than the road.
As a baseline, its taking me about an hour to go 16 to 17 miles on the trainer. But when I was out on the road, I could go about 20 miles in the same time period. Plus, my legs feel so much more worked on the trainer, even though I'm doing a shorter distance.
I understand all the general principles that the trainer doesn't really give you a break, its solid spinning for the entire time. My question is then, how, or do you even, modify training plans to ride the trainer? I'm used to following a training plan assuming riding on the road, should I do less on the trainer? I've heard people say an hour on the trainer is like an hour and twenty on the road. Is that true? Is there a good ratio to follow? I'm sure it would be best to do the same workout regardless of road or being on a trainer, but I'm not sure my legs can take it (at least not at this point in my training).
Thanks for any tips.