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what's your training schedule? and do you cross train?(16 posts)

what's your training schedule? and do you cross train?Js Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2001 6:25 AM
forgive me if this has been covered recently. pabst blue ribbon has clouded my short-term memory.

i'm facing the off-season here: going home at quitting time and it's dark outside, and the temps are dropping pretty quick. much as i like to ride, i'm not so sure the little 2.4 watt light is keeping me safe and sound out there at 18 mph, and i don't have the clams for a $200 set of lights at this time. meet my training and weight loss goals for the winter, i'm hoping to schedule my training by day through the week, including trainer time, running, weight work, extended stretching sessions and ab work.

weekdays at lunch and weeknights after work are the best times for any non-outside stuff, as running can be done on treadmill and all the rest is indoor. weekday mornings are off limits. weekends are reserved for long rides and mtb when it's just too freakin' cold.

so...what are your training schedules, if you are also facing either an off-season or a busy week/life? looking for ideas here...

Sooner or later we are going to start hiking. Probably later.MB1
Nov 7, 2001 6:29 AM
Carry a little weight and climb stuff. Good for balance and the upper body. A walking stick really helps.

Rowing is good too, can you row on the mighty 'sippy?
people do get out there in the water, but...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2001 6:33 AM
knowing what's dumped into it from the city, not me...

well, i'd not considered hiking, that's an idea. however, i've never been able to find truly comfy hiking boots. guess it's 'cause i'm so cheap (thrifty :o) ).

then again, if the conditions were right for hiking, i might as well trail run or mtb. hiking would be a good anti-burnout measure, though.
Any chance of doing something with the 'lil Poet?MB1
Nov 7, 2001 6:58 AM
Hiking is good with kids, boating, chasing the dog (not THAT do(u)g, chasing girls. Or the all time favorite, napping and drooling.
i was napping and drooling before he came along...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2001 7:21 AM
it's easiest for us to do stuff with him during warmer months, including walks up the sidewalk, brisk walks with his jogging stroller (and runs), and pulling his highness along in his bike trailer. cold months=play inside, until (and if) we get snow, then he'll have a yardfull of white stuff to roll 'round in 'til it melts the next morning.

ps. elvisville shuts down (schools, businesses) with the smallest sprinkling of snow on the streets. unreal.
my boys loved the trailerdzrider
Nov 7, 2001 7:42 AM
I also found that they were more resistant to cold than I was. That hasn't changed and they still would rather go to school in the winter with no jacket than accept the responsibility for one.

I used the trainer when the boys were small. I put lots of fast music on tape and spun away in the dark basement. I also run and, when possible, snow shoe.

My goal is to get some exercise done six days every week. Anything that raises my pulse and keeps it there for 30 minutes or more counts. I'm grateful that it's possible because I feel physically stonger, mentally healthier, and closer to God when I do.
Shutting down for snow sounds like DC. Southern cities areMB1
Nov 7, 2001 9:11 AM
not ready for snow. Nor are most drivers. I love to ride on snowy days and just laugh at all the cars stuck in traffic.

BTW I am sure you are but keep your eyes open for any kind of used tandem. With a few scrap parts you can make a child conversion. I've ridden with 3 year old kids and it was a lot of fun. Just have to keep them amused and they love to ride with the big folks.
yep, i'd love to have a tandem. only problems are:Js Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2001 12:06 PM
* finding it at a good price
* paying for it
* transporting it
* the other bike(s) i want first
oh, and...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 7, 2001 12:09 PM
people here also freak-out if it rains. unbelieveable.

in snow i'll drive to work, carefully, but not crawling. the ones that cause the mess are flying up the road and stopping at the last minute, accelerating around corners, running over curbs, into trees and each other. the rest are sleeping in.

snow and ice also bring out the monster trucks, which are required by elvisville law (one per block, two per in the suburbs). those guys are truly dangerous.
5 days = 160 milesElefantino
Nov 7, 2001 6:31 AM
Monday: off
Tuesday, 6:30 a.m.(with the little 2.4 watt light, but it works OK for me): 20 miles on the road, intervals, takes me just over an hour.
Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.: 20 miles, intervals (different roads)
Thursday, 6:30 a.m.: 20 miles, steady pace (same roads as Tue)
Friday: off
Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m.: 50 mile club rides each day. Saturday is usually easy; Sunday harder.

When I'm getting ready for a century, I bump the miles up a tad.
mix it upraboboy
Nov 7, 2001 6:51 AM
Hiking, Snow Shoeing (if you get snow), Trainer, Yoga.
re: Weights and upper body work?kyroadie
Nov 7, 2001 7:43 AM
I ride the trainer 3 days a week, lift weights 3 days a week, and play some kind of sport that requires side-to-side mobility such as basketball or racquetball. Cycling does nothing for the upper body so I use the off season to tone up, not bulk up, the upper part of my body. Cycling also does nothing for the muscles in the legs that stabilize the knees. This is why other sports help keep the knees healthy. I also mountain bike when the weather permits.
Ditto all this...RhodyRider
Nov 7, 2001 8:13 AM
Sounds very much like my off-season regimen. Minimum 3 days per week at the Y, focusing on waist-up stuff: resistance crunches (Nautilus), free weights and/or Nautilus for benchpress, military press, curls, traps, rows, lats, and tris. Then a 2.5-3 mile jog (7.1-7.5 mph) on the treadmill or outside along the seawall. Throw some roller work in, too. And weekends are for vigorous hiking, trail running, skiing, snowshoeing, and MTB. KY keyed on the side-to-side stuff and the "impact" stuff to build bone mass and strengthen the connective tissues and increase balance and stability. DON'T FORGET TO STRETCH PRE- AND POST-WORKOUT!!
re: what's your training schedule? and do you cross train?Troyboy
Nov 7, 2001 8:01 AM
Twice a week in the gym, free weights with some machines thrown in, ab work as well.

Two to four days per week teaching spin. This time of year almost exclusively aerobic, zone 1 or 2 *rides*.

Two to four days per week on the bike. Weekday morning rides are typically around 30/35 miles and a mix of schmoozers or climbs or crit/speed work laps. Weekend rides are 70 milers, some faster, some slower, however predominately base building rides.
re: what's your training schedule? and do you cross train?DINOSAUR
Nov 7, 2001 8:50 AM
My schedule is as follows: I ride whenever I want, as far as I want, whenever I want. Being retired is a double edged sword. A mind of a 25 year old with a 59 year old body. The biggest problem is motivation, especially during the winter when it gets a tad cold here in the foothills.

I cross train on a Concept2 Rowing Machine. Sometimes I put in 20-30 minutes after a ride, or somedays when I don't feel like riding I'll put in 45 min-1 hr. It provides an excellent workout and hits all the areas that my bike misses, mainly the upper body. I've been cycling for three straight years now since I came back to the sport, omitting two months off due to a crash. Now I'm sort of thinking of all around fitness and cutting back on my miles and doing more cross training. The thing I noticed the most is when I get back on my bike after a couple of days off (such as when I was waiting for Trek to ship my rim) is losing a little bit of riding skills. It's also different as you are outside and fighting the weather and your energy level differs depending on whether you are climbing or descending.
The beauty of cycling for me is that I'm outside. Rowing on an ergometer is inside in a heated or air conditioned house.
It's good I find to have something to drop back on. When the rain hits I can row and actually gain fitness in some areas. If I had a choice I'd run, but I can't because of an old injury. Variety is the spice of life. Not too sure about Pabst Blue Ribbon though (yuk).

I lifted weights in the past but I put on too much upper body weight and now I'm trying to take it off.
thanks, all...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 8, 2001 6:05 AM
my workout variations are pretty well picked, but i might throw in some hiking on mb1's recommendation. otherwise, i'm considering some lunch runs, after work gym sessions (at the office), and post-8-pm trainer sessions, and long rides on weekends. 2 sessions max per day, on a schedule including recovery. this winter i'm going to break into "intervals" on the bike for the first time, if you don't count sprinting well-placed short but steep hills on my regular ride route.

thanks again!