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cross training(4 posts)

cross trainingGall
Dec 2, 2001 1:47 PM
i am a roadie and i hearing everywhere that i should be cross training this time of year. i am being advised that i should stay off the bike and do other stuff.

i recently dicovered something different that has been sitting in my garage for a good long time... my trek 9800 mt bike! i ve been riding her lately and what a joy to be in the woods again riding the trails and dirt roads....

BUT.. is this considered "cross training"????

thanks!
re: 'tis in my book...Akirasho
Dec 2, 2001 5:07 PM
... while there are many other modes to cross train for road cycling et. al., riding an MTB can develop other skills... and power.

A friend of mine uses one year round (with about 20lb of extra weight in a rack mounted trunk... with a knobby rear) and is actually able to shut a few roadies down with it. I use a FS bike to work on strength and power while trying to maintain a decent spin (most FS bikes let you know by bobbing if you're mashing when used on pavement) and a hardtail to keep the skills up a bit. Likewise, I also ride a 'bent... both work your muscle groups in slightly different ways and can have some benefit.

I'd rather be out on a MTB during the winter than on a trainer in the basement...

Of course, there are other forms of cross training... ranging from running, swimming or single arm curls in front of the TV...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: cross trainingflyinbowlofmilk
Dec 2, 2001 5:07 PM
I think it is good cross training. I did it when I was mtb racing. But I really think it depend on what you want to do next year. I would consider it cross-training. But I would listen to what other people say too.

Good luck
not doing the same old thing.vanzutas
Dec 4, 2001 6:08 AM
Part of cross training is doing something different than what you have done for the last 9 months. This will give you added interest when you go back to the road bike. If you do the same rides all year, year after year you will get bored and quit. So if you are riding the mountain bike on trails and doing something fun with it, then it IS cross training. If you are just riding the roads on it cause the weather is bad then I wouldn't really consider it cross training. This is the time of year to take a break from your routine

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Adam