Hey, all! Hope that your racing season's are going well!
I have (yet another) training question. I have not trained or raced much since finals period began (i.e. 'catch-up-on-late-homework period'). Thus, I knew that one problem which I have had while racing and doing long rides is the development of aching back pain. I thought it was because of bike fit, but I decided to do core work just to eliminate the possibility that it might be a lack of that.
My question is this: is it better to do 10 or 15 minutes of dedicated abdominal and back work on a daily basis (five or six days per week) in conjunction to riding (which is mostly base mileage at this point), or is taking two or three days of doing intense core exercise (i.e. gym or 45/60 minute long sessions) still the recommended way to go?
I should include that within those 10 or 15 minutes (always the last few minutes before hitting the sack), I normally do about 100 - 120 sit ups with 40 push-ups. I am experimenting with a few other exercises; today, I did about 60 ab stretches (I don't know how to call it, really, but it's basically stretching your abdominals by lowering and raising your legs), 60 back drops (also don't know the formal name for this, but you position yourself against a ledge with your legs extended and your feet set straight, and you lower and raise your upper body repeatedly), 50 sit-ups, 50 reps of some other lower back exercise, and 30 push-ups.
As always, any comments are appreciated. Thanks!