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What do you do in the Winter(15 posts)

What do you do in the Winterwitcomb
Oct 11, 2003 5:53 PM
For those of you, who don't have the luxary of living somewhere that you can cycle year round, what activities do you do to stay in shape? Now, there is of course using a trainer or rollers in the basement, so lets exclude that one.

I spend time downhill skiing, but that is all. I have been thinking about running, some local paths are kept clear of snow.
re: What do you do in the Wintercheesecake
Oct 11, 2003 6:06 PM
Trail running
Weight Lifting
Spend too much and get fat(ter)! nmBowWow
Oct 11, 2003 6:10 PM
running, showshoeing, shoveling snow (nm)geeker
Oct 11, 2003 6:54 PM
running, showshoeing, shoveling snow (nm)lyleseven
Oct 11, 2003 7:19 PM
A study in Men's Health several months ago described the best cross training for various sports including cycling. Running and skiing were not considered effective training for cyclists. I believe weight training was a reasonable off season alternative to cycling, especially the lower extremity workouts.
Men's Health magazine has some out there ideas....russw19
Oct 11, 2003 8:28 PM
Consider the source of that material too..... Running,OK I can see that as not good as it ignores your quads and focuses on your hamstrings, but skiing, no way! Unless they were talking downhill. Which is a very injury prone sport for people who don't either do it enough to be good, or are super competitve where the G-forces of racing tear your knees apart. But if they were talking X-C skiing, they are wrong. Especially if you use a skate stride instead of a traditional stride. Outside of speed skating, x-c skiing is the next best thing you can do to stay in riding shape.

Weight training is also excellent if you lift light and spend as much time working on your flexibility as well as your strength.

Cobbled together a cheap rain , snow bike from parts...Tom C
Oct 11, 2003 9:03 PM
I had and parts I got on ebay put on layers of clothes, Pearl Izumi shoe covers and went out and rode Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin streets. I got lucky last winter and only missed a week due to uncleared snow.
re: Downhill skihudsonite
Oct 12, 2003 4:37 AM
From December to April you will find me on the ski slopes. Cycling is my training for the slopes.

Downhill skiing can range from an easy workout to something very difficult. It all depends on how you approach it. If you go to the large mountains of the West or Europe, the best powder skiing is always a hike from the lifts. The combined hiking and steep powder skiing really works your heart, lungs and leg muscles. It requires stamina and strength. Both of which you build up on a bike.

We keep a trainer in our living room for winter training, but it is only to maintain a certain muscle tone. It is always difficult in the spring on the first couple of rides, but if you keep active all winter, it is not too bad.
Ski (nm)DL Lawrence
Oct 12, 2003 4:40 AM
off seasonDaveG
Oct 12, 2003 5:28 AM
This past year I did weight training over the winter which seemed to help my riding (especially climbing) once the season started. I also do Spinning, use my Nordic Trak skier, and some occasional stationary training. Overall the winter is is time to take a break and reenergize for the coming season. Even if I could ride all year long, I'm not sure I could without losing motivation.
If there is snow...zero85ZEN
Oct 12, 2003 6:24 AM
I ski (Nordic skating). If there isn't snow I roller ski. Either way the best all body workout you can get!
re: What do you do in the WinterMel Erickson
Oct 12, 2003 6:57 AM
XC skiing, both skate and striding. Spinning. Some weights. I like spinning much more than a home trainer. At least you're with other people and it's much less boring. I don't race and don't really care if the spin routine matches a real cycling ride. It's plenty close enough for me and really gives me a jump on the cycling season come April.
MTB in the snow.Chainstay
Oct 12, 2003 6:28 PM
You can't ride in fresh snow but after it's packed a bit with walkers and/or skiers its a blast. We have a network of bike paths around here so you can usually find a section with good conditions. I get in a couple of 2 hour rides on a good weekend.
run, weights, occasional aerobicsMg1
Oct 13, 2003 4:58 AM
I suppose using the word 'aerobics' dates me, but my wife used to teach it so we have several tapes. My favorite is a 10 yr old Gilad tape - Sculpt & Tone. Great workout.

On cross training...I run year round and find it to be a great complement to cycling. Keeps the engine revving, and if you run trails w/steep climbs you will definitely work the quads.
re: What do you do in the WinterAsiago
Oct 13, 2003 7:05 AM
This year will be new for me. In the past I'd done a bit on the trainer and downhill skiing, but this year will be different.

I'll be on the trainer
I'll be lifting weights (per new coach)
I'll be cross country skiing (per new coach, who also coaches x-country skiing)
I'll be riding outside, MTB and road...