09-25-05, 07:36 AM
I have been a roadie for 7 yrs. now logging around 3-4 thousand miles a year. Two weeks ago my 11 yr. old son got me out mountain biking on a couple of real trails, one a snowmobile trail that went on forever, the other a barren rock cliff that surrounded a small lake in northern Ontario, (Muskoka). What a blast! This is a total body workout, every muscle in your body is used. The muscles in my legs are definatly strong enough for the short steep climbs but I found that my upper body needs a lot more strength to handle this type of riding, I will definatly do more of this to develop my upper body. After the ride you feel that you have done a "total" workout, unlike a road ride that concentrates mostly on your cardio, legs and arms. If you have never tried it and want a "total" body workout, do it, but do it on a real mountain bike trail with lots of climbs, descents, turns, and obstacles.