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So, what do you do in the off season?(28 posts)

So, what do you do in the off season?Largo
Oct 16, 2001 8:41 AM
Ah, the snow is starting to come, and it looks to be a good winter shaping up.
Can't wait to get the boards out.
Personally, i am glad for the change, as riding gets a bit old.
anyone else waiting for the snow?
What off season?BipedZed
Oct 16, 2001 8:47 AM
Ah, cross!Largo
Oct 16, 2001 9:02 AM
Shouldn't there be more mud in that shot?
Good thing about skiing, you don't get covered in mud.
that is a scary looking barrierJS
Oct 16, 2001 9:03 AM
I bet that thing has some shin skin on it.
zat yew? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 16, 2001 9:49 AM
Zats mee.Largo
Oct 16, 2001 9:59 AM
That shot is in the Coast Range in SE Alaska.
Yup, from last SaturdayBipedZed
Oct 16, 2001 11:30 AM
That was the second barrier on an insanely steep runup and probably the most painful part of the course. You'll notice the barrier was already knocked down and propped up on the stakes.
colorado, or where? nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 16, 2001 11:44 AM
re: So, what do you do in the off season?PaulCL
Oct 16, 2001 8:57 AM
Never gone skiing...afraid of wrecking my knees and falling in love with another sport. The 'falling in love' part would cost me a marriage...just kidding.

What do I do in the off-season?? Since I have to put the bike away from Nov to Feb, I try to keep in shape by working out on weights, playing racquetball 2+ times per week, and riding those rollers. I will admit that I don't even think of the rollers until I get the "bug" to ride again in late December. The weights are done M-W-F over my lunch hour. I'm rather addicted to working out - love that burn!
Oct 16, 2001 9:00 AM
I ski, and lift weights. I like you love the change in season. when spring rolls around I will be excited to get on the bike again. This year I hope to run, swim and ride the trainer but I have not done so in the past.
Love to ride on snowy days. Summer is the offseason. nmMB1
Oct 16, 2001 9:09 AM
re: So, what do you do in the off season?DINOSAUR
Oct 16, 2001 9:10 AM
They don't have that white stuff where I live, unless I want to venture up the mountain 20 miles or so, I live below the snow line here in the Sierra-Nevada foothills.

I started to cross train using a Concept2 Rowing Ergometer.
I noticed that my upper body strength was lacking somewhat and I started to put in 20-30 minutes on the rower after a ride 3 or 4 days a week. Somedays I just row.

It helps my cycling, increases my vo2 max, and I have something to drop back to in case I can't ride, like now as my bike is down due to a cracked rear rim. Probably one of the best kept secrets in exercise machines.
re: So, what do you do in the off season?Largo
Oct 16, 2001 9:41 AM
Hey, i'm a huge fan of erg workouts.
Its amazing how quickly you can blast yourself on the Concept 2.
You ever go to any erg events?
Pretty fun, in a sick sort of way.
I've been to a couple of Canadian Championships, and after a 2000m race, you are just dead.
I've never felt so utterly spent.
I am with you regardings its cycling benefits.
Really works your lacate threshold.
re: So, what do you do in the off season?DINOSAUR
Oct 16, 2001 10:09 AM
I've never been to an erg event (yet) but it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks.

I remember the pain when I got back on my rower after not rowing for about three years. It hurt the whole time, the whole stinking 30 minutes.

Yep works good, I vary the workouts so I don't get bored.

Variety is the spice of life....
Last winter I did nothing goodbikedodger
Oct 16, 2001 9:25 AM
Last winter I sat around watching TV and drinking beer and eating chips. I gained losts of weight and didn't start riding until July of this year.

This winter I am planning on using the trainer three days a week, using the gym at work to build up more muscle and watch waht I eat to keep the weight loss going.

trainer, gym, treadmill, stairstepper, mtb, cold road rides nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 16, 2001 9:48 AM
re: So, what do you do in the off season?dzrider
Oct 16, 2001 9:56 AM
Take my commuter bike out whenever the roads are clear enough.
Group spinning at an lbs.
Snow shoe when there's enough snow.
re: So, what do you do in the off season?raboboy
Oct 16, 2001 10:05 AM
trainer, yoga, hike, snowshoe. Gonna try some cold rides this year, though I may be afraid to if we have a really cold winter here in new england.
I love skiing, but I live in Texas so I get to ride...Tig
Oct 16, 2001 11:06 AM
and ride until I get sick of it! Well, maybe not THAT much riding. The limited daylight after work makes it dangerous and less desirable to ride around here. Some of us ride the roads of a former Air Force base with lights on Tuesday and Thursday nights. That gets old so I end up making the best of the weekends and ride hard (small chainring only) on Saturday and long, steady distance on Sunday.

I'd rather be skiing though. Skiing and surfing are the two things (other than being a dad) that I'm a natural at.
Where are you, San Antonio?Dave Hickey
Oct 16, 2001 11:41 AM
What base are you riding on Tuesday and Thursday nights? I live in Dallas/Fort Worth and I ride the ring road of Texas Motor Speedway on winter nights. It's a 5 mile loop and is is fairly well light. Other than cycling, I play hockey and inline speed skate during the winter.
Houston (Ellington Field)Tig
Oct 16, 2001 1:24 PM
There's a network of roads leftover from the AFB days, but it's a military/municipal airfield now. I'd gladly ride the Texas Motor Speedway though. That sounds like fun. We were hoping for a big multi-purpose track down here about 8 years ago, but the project turned out to be a con job. I'm glad I didn't invest in it!
Waiting for the snow, and the ICE!Chris Zeller
Oct 16, 2001 11:53 AM
I love to ski, backcountry ski, tele and randonee. But what I'm really waiting for is for the ice to form. Ice climbing is my favorite winter escape. Probably doesn't help you stay in shape for cycling though.
DH ski, snowshoe, run, weights, MTB occasionally. (nm)RhodyRider
Oct 16, 2001 12:04 PM
Another skier hereDMoore
Oct 16, 2001 12:33 PM
I've skied for over 30 years, was an instructor for about 20 of them. I got into biking basically as a way to stay in shape during the summer. I now ride 5-6K miles per year, and do a little Master's racing. I still view skiing as my primary sport, and average 50+ days per season. I do keep a bike and a mag trainer in my ski condo, however, to keep the bike legs intact through the winter.

Pray for snow!
Have another "on" season! nmRich Clark
Oct 16, 2001 1:55 PM
There's an off-season?nuke
Oct 16, 2001 7:43 PM
There's at least ONE good thing 'bout Texas, we can bike ANYTIME! :-)

plus, hey y'all, we got our own President! ;-)
Snow... what's thatDutchy
Oct 16, 2001 8:48 PM
In Australia we do actually have snow fields, but if anyone from overseas saw them they
would probably say : That's not a snow field. Then burst into laughter. The nearest snow
to me is over 1000km/625ml away, and like most ski-resorts they aren't cheap.
Like I have said before, if you can tolerate the windy days and the heat you can ride all
year round, down-under.
re: So, what do you do in the off season?atomicwedgie
Oct 17, 2001 9:04 AM
I sit on my butt and read message boards while trying to think of good things to say about my trainer. I have not come up with any yet.