's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

getting in shape during winter....(5 posts)

getting in shape during winter....mtbiac
Feb 3, 2002 6:39 PM
well its pretty white outside, so no riding for a while. I am seriously considering a trainer to help me get back into shape and maybe lose a few pounds. What do you think of this?? I cant really go running because its too slipper outside and i would freeze, plus cycling is WAY more fun, especially indoors...

i would probably go with a fluid trainer if anything...

What u think??
re: getting in shape during winter....Dave Hickey
Feb 3, 2002 7:16 PM
Trainer is a great way to stay in shape, but don't discount running. This is the first year I've complimented by cycling with running. I started running January 1st and now run 6-7 miles 3 days a week. I still cycle the other 4 days(I'm in Texas so I ride outside most days). Some observations about running.
1. I still hate it but it works muscles cycling doesn't.
2. I've lost 12 pounds in a month. Most of the weight has been around my waist. My waist has gone from a 34 to a 31.
3. I can run in weather when I can't or don't cycle.
4. I travel alot on business and it's easier to pack shoes than a bike.
Don't get me wrong, cycling is still my first love but there is nothing wrong with cross training
re: getting in shape during winter....Velocipedio
Feb 4, 2002 5:24 AM
To keep in shape during the winter, I ride my trainer, go to spinning classes at the local Cycling Academy, go to the gym and run. Running is goo. Among other things it lets you get your heart rate up higher sooner than cycling and is much more consistent than a trainer.

But you should think of wointer as an opportunity to do some alternate workouts like strength training with weights and controlled interval and threshold training on CV machines and trainers.

You WILL gain weight ove the winter, though. There's no way to replace those four-hour long-slow rides.
replacing four-hour long-slow rides with funCalgaryDave
Feb 4, 2002 4:47 PM
Two words... alpine touring.
Just got back from 2 days in Waterton National Park (adjacent to Glacier on the Montana/Alberta border). Started on the trail at 9am and got back to the truck at 6pm. Huge vertical climbs, rippin' fun downhills, incredible scenery, totally gassed out! What more could you ask for.
If you're going to do it, take an avalanche course before you go. Safety first, Shredding second.

re: getting in shape during winter....Woof the dog
Feb 4, 2002 7:24 PM
wait, did you just say cycling is way more fun indoors? No way!

rollers are fun, but they don't even come close to running in fresh snow, not that i do it often anyways (never really).

Woof, the dog that can also run, sometimes.