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Hockey and cycling(9 posts)

Hockey and cyclingjradford
Oct 11, 2002 6:12 AM
I play hockey during the winter and cycle in the summer. (yes I live in Canada) does anyone else do this and what is your experience or feelings on this.
What are my "feelings on this"? It wont kill you. (nm)onespeed
Oct 11, 2002 6:24 AM
Do you fight like a hockey player or a cyclist?Alex-in-Evanston
Oct 11, 2002 6:29 AM
I saw a couple of punches thrown in the peleton this year and they were pathetic.

Do you fight like a hockey player or a cyclist?desmo
Oct 11, 2002 7:42 AM
Yeah, during this year's tour my wife called that "girl slapping". "Heeeeyyyy, let go of my jersey you savage".
a good mixGeardaddy
Oct 11, 2002 6:34 AM
Off and on over the years I've participated in both summer and winter hockey leagues, and I've found that it works pretty well with cycling. The legs and lower back seem to contribute in similar ways. Mountain biking is even better as it involves more upper body, which is obviosly important in hockey. Also, it's hard to beat hockey as an intense interval training regimen. One significant difference though is that hockey will work your groin muscles in a way the cycling will not.

Now hockey and running is another story, i.e. a knee injury waiting to happen.
Oct 11, 2002 9:11 AM
I did the same thing, and the cycling and skating seem to compliment each other a lot. I highly recommend it, though it will cause trouble when, and if, you take a slap shot on the laces of your skate or in the high ankle area.

There is a pro cyclist from Germany (I believe) that plays hockey in the off-cycling season. I can't remember which one though.
re: Hockey and cyclingShadow11
Oct 11, 2002 12:31 PM
I play hockey year 'round..and cycle most of the year as well...

I use my cycling to build my base and when I'm skating quite a bit (4x a week over the winter)as a way to have some sort of active recovery..

In the summer I ride more for me, a bit more of a program..but a lot of the old Merckx theory, "ride lots". If I feel like riding hills, I ride them, feel like hammering I do so, feel like going totally piano on the bike path, so be it..

For hockey conditioning, running still does more for me than anything else, so I still have to mix that in...especially intervals for hockey..and in the summer get out to the track 2x a week for some work..
re: Hockey and cyclingRTC
Oct 11, 2002 1:12 PM
I just got back into hockey after an extended abscence from the game and I have to say that from a cardio point of view it can't be beat. Needless to say from a muscle point it sure gives a new meaning to the word recover. Previous post about groin muscles is right on. Didn't know I had those muscles until I started skating.

Nursing a real sore shoulder from hockey and it's not helping out the cycling 1 bit now. It's a good thing that I'm not riding much now anyway. For the last 10 years I've focused on building a cycling physique, and I can tell you that it's not what a body needs to play hockey. Really need to work on the upper body this winter. I'll take a little bulk for the hockey season in lieu of cycling. Hopefully I can lose some of the weight come spring.

Our team is always short of players so we don't have 2-3 lines very often. Interval training at its' best!

Good mix... very close ranges of motionPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 11, 2002 2:53 PM
Its a very good mix. If you begin to do more interval sessions on your bike along with long steady rides it will get you in kick ass shape for the season.

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