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Today I think we should have a fun conversation about Cross Training ideas on how to get stronger on the bike. I hang out at a triathlon website periodically (well virtually I guess I hang out) and I always get a kick out of people's responses to weight training and if it really helps you become faster in the swim/bike/run.
Honestly if your time is limited and any extra time in the weight room/pilates studio/yoga room would take away from time on the bike then I would say yes put as much time in on the bike as possible and don't worry about cross training. But, of course there is always a but, most people do not manage their time that closely and can find an extra 30 minutes a day to do some cross training along with your standard bike training regiment.
You are thinking to yourself that is impossible my day is booked.
So you cannot get up 30 minutes early and do a quick workout?
There is no television time that you can cut out of your day to get a workout in?
You can't workout at lunch instead of going out to lunch with your co-workers?
These are just a few suggestions on how to find that extra time in your day to fit a cross fit session in. When I was triathlon training I would get up at and park at the YMCA lot at 5:00am, go for a 30 minute run, be at the gym for their 5:30 opening, weight train, swim and then be able to ride at night if it was called for and my schedule allowed. I would swim only train on weekends instead of weight lifting and then do a long run Saturday and a long ride on Sunday afterwords.
What types of exercises would help you get stronger on the bike besides more saddle time? Squats/Lunges/Pushups/Pullups/Core Work - I am a believer in body weight type training and there are ways once you max out body weight strength to add weight to all these exercises and to get even stronger. But as the old saying goes to get stronger at climbing hills - go climb hills! I believe in cross training but I also believe in hill work, intervals, and sprint work if you want to get faster and stronger on the bike.
IF IT WAS EASY EVERYONE WOULD BE DOING IT!
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