Over the next few months, the pain cave will become a second home for triathletes living north of the equator.
With tonnes of training hours ahead of you this winter, it’s important you have the pain cave essentials.
The new must-have gadget in training is the smart trainer. Smart trainers can be a considerable investment, however, their performance is unmatched. Pair a smart trainer up to Zwift, and you’ll be in for a treat.
Your rival’s photo
We all need a little inspiration. If Lionel Sanders places a photo of his rival in front of his trainer and treadmill, why wouldn’t you?
You’re going to sweat a lot in your pain cave. Make sure you have a few towels available – one for your handlebars, one to wipe your face, one to protect your laptop, etc.
Cooling is key. Place your fan strategically.
Finisher photos and medals
Got big goals for the upcoming season? Hang up your triathlon bling for a little extra motivation.
Some type of entertainment
Stream Netflix, watch a hockey game or subscribe to one of the many indoor training platforms to keep you entertained throughout your sessions. If you are streaming on your laptop, make sure you have a stand for it. This will make your laptop easily accessible during a workout.
Related: Your indoor training menu
Your race bibs
This is your pain cave, feel free to decorate it however you choose.
Zone in on your training with some noise canceling headphones.
A playlist rotation
Make sure you have a good rotation of music for your sessions.
A trainer mat
Trainer mats help keep your floors clean and provide a grippy surface for your trainer.
A sweat cover
Please take care of your bike. A sweat cover is a great way to minimize the risk of sweat becoming trapped in your bike’s headset.
Having a few snacks on hand is always a good idea. Especially if you’re planning on cranking out a two-hour trainer session.
Hat, headband or cycling cap
This will help keep the sweat away from your eyes.
When training indoors, it’s nice to have some numbers to indicate how hard you are working. For example, a heart rate monitor or power meter.
The worst thing is having to pause a workout to replenish your water. Make sure you fill up all the water bottles you’ll need beforehand – it’s better to have more than less.
Go all in
Last, but certainly not least, you can go all in and have an endless pool installed with your smart trainer and treadmill close by.