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Question on one legged drills(10 posts)

Question on one legged drillskilimanjaro
Jun 30, 2003 8:41 AM
I took my kids out on the trailer for a donut run this weekend. Since I cannot go very fast I thought I try some one legged drills.

I noticed as a result that I put a lot more pressume down both into my crotch and on my hands. What was a very comfortable saddle is no longer comfortable.

It is also very difficult to turn the crank smoothly after a very short while. After about 15 revolutions my pedaling foot tends to "lunge" forward after coming around on top.

Is this just something I need to practice more.
keep trying! you'll get it (nm)andy02
Jun 30, 2003 9:04 AM
If it were really easy it wouldn't be such a good exercise.dzrider
Jun 30, 2003 9:09 AM
I haven't had your experience with the saddle, but I did a fair amount of clunking around when I first started riding one legged.
do you unclip the unused foot?slomo
Jun 30, 2003 10:09 AM
if so, where do you place it?
I do it on a the trainer and hook my toes on that.dzrider
Jun 30, 2003 11:15 AM
I'll have to try it on the road and see where I put the loose foot.
I do unclip the unused footkilimanjaro
Jun 30, 2003 2:14 PM
Otherwise, wouldn't I just be riding normally. The off foot hangs loosely down in front of the BB. Perhaps that explains the extra downward pressure. Any recommendations on where/how to place th unused foot.

My main point is that it seems that my pedaling actually gets worse while riding one legged. I can barely do 15 revolutions before switching let alone 15 minutes.
switch legscyclopathic
Jun 30, 2003 10:15 AM
as soon as you start squaring get leg out plug other one in.
Most effective to do it on trainer, but I reserve it for winter.
Makes sense I think.snowman3
Jun 30, 2003 10:18 AM
I can't distinctly remember a difference in feel when pedaling with one leg. I do it every now and then just to goof off.

However, I remember hearing people say that under normal circumstances you shouldn't put much weight on the saddle. Most of it should be supported by your legs. Matter of fact they say that if you take off your seat and you are burned out after 15 minutes then to much of your weight is supported by the saddle.

So basically, its hard to support your weight on one leg, and hence the saddle makes up the difference.
You get better fast...willin
Jun 30, 2003 3:03 PM
Its just smething you need to practice more. Concentrate on working your leg, not your hartnds or your butt.

Change feet after 15 revolutions, then fo back to your orignal foot. Do this three times. Then work up to 20, 25., etc.

If you keep at it two times a week or so you will notice fast improvement.

Then you get yp to 30 seconds one minute, and before you know it you are goiung 6-8 minutes at a time, your spin is perfect, etc. A good thing!

(Mind yu I read all this in two or three different training books, so it is good, consisent advice). My personal experience is that youb progress pretty quickly.

I really like the one legged drill, as it gives you boith power, and gives you a good spin.

Keep it up, man
Now you know how "square" your pedaling isKerry Irons
Jun 30, 2003 5:07 PM
The fact that you are having serious difficulty with one-legged drills should be telling you that you don't have a very round stroke. The whole purpose of the drills is to teach your muscles how to execute that round stroke - "pedaling circles." Keep at it, think and pedal "round," and it will come to you. Well worth the effort.