I don't know why I should but I'm going to explain why I ride the turbo so much. A few years a go I was hit by a car and badly hurt, I was covered over for dead by the first Police man on the seen, which has left me with Vertigo and Dizzy spells, allso thats why I ride on my own when I do go out on the road, so I don't bring any body off with me if I have a dizzy spell. The cold weather seams to effect me more than on warm days. So I'm going to keep riding the turbo no matter how much you all moan on about it.
1tal; it sounds like you need to ride with someone to help build your confidence on the roads. I know I threw up and was shaking badly after I first went out after my accident, but kept at it and now I'm fine. You can't be worrying about taking someone out with you if you get dizzy - a good and understanding riding partner would be watching out for you anyway. It's like they say - you gotta get back on the 'horse' to get your confidence back. In the meantime, enjoy your turbotrainer. Take care.
I'm with 1tal and the others among you that think there's an important place in cycling for turbos. My core focus is time trials and high intensity sessions on the turbo are a key component for me in being able to reach peak condition. Followed the Bikeradar winter/spring TT training plans last year that include a lot of varied power build, leg strength turbo sessions and PB'ed throughout last season...
Just for clarification - I don't think anyone's suggesting that turbos don't have a place in cycling. There was just a difference in opinion as to whether turbo sessions should count in The 12 Rides Of Christmas Challenge. As hard as I try (and I have a turbo BTW) I can't think of a turbo session as a "ride". Turbos have an important place and will improve your performance but so will eating well, sleeping well, resting up and bike fit (amongst others) - I don't think anyone will think they should count either.
Anyhow - it's all academic - they are to count and that's all there is to it
When I posted the original question "Do turbo sessions count?" All I wanted was a simple yes or no from Admin, not a debate on wether it is real cycling or not. I shall continue to use my turbo when the need arises and log my rides on Bike Radar. For all you doubters have a go at the dvd Spinnervals 9 "Have no mercy" Then tell me it's not real cycling.