Training & Nutrition - Inline Skating and Cycling - Updates
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05-20-03, 02:07 PM
I have decided to dust off my lovely inline skates and start alternating cycling and skating days. Right now trying to ride my bike every beautiful day is tiring and I am afraid I will burnout. Plus I need to change my routine to keep my mind fresh.
I would like to hear from people who are currently doing both or have in the last couple of years. I know Fubar5 and couple of others were looking into this topic a while ago, so if you have an update I want to hear about it.
well I haven't been on my skates for a while I can tell
you this, If you want to be a sprinter (think huge thighs
like Eric Heiden) Skates are the way to go. Very good
for developing massive quads, or if you go a bit easier
building up strength in quads without mass.
I think the 2 compliment each other quite well.
both are also great ways to keep legs in shape
for skiing (which is why I started cycling all those
Just don't overdo it to the point that both skating and
cycling suffer. Even tho its two different excersizes its
still possible to overtrain.
05-20-03, 04:16 PM
i skate a fair amount, although somehow i don't get out as much as i would like - also because skating is more weather-sensitive as skating on wet streets sucks...
here in munich is the huge Blade Night Mondays with 20,000 to 30,000 people - but i only skate it every so often because they go so slow it's not much fun --- and it can be dangerous to skate fast with all the beginners.
we also have a "speed skate" group of 50-100 people every Tuesday night and in 2001 i went every week during April-October, but last year and this year i only seem to make it about 2 times a month. plus this year for some reason they're skating a lot more slowly and most of the fast guys seem to no longer come --- 2 weeks ago i tried to kick the pace and only a few skaters would go with me -- so in the end a friend and i had to add a few laps to make it a good workout.
there's a race training group here and some day i will go train with them - that would be a good workout i think...
but as to your original question: i think skating and cycling are different enough that there's not much conflict. 2 weeks ago i skated monday and then tuesday and then had sore legs for the Wednesday MTB ride i lead --- and i was just as strong as usual on the bike.
skating is low impact and good for the cardio system. as far as helping your cycling... i guess it helps with cardio, but i think the muscles are so different it doesn't help a whole lot there (but then i also like to go for total fitness - i also lift weights 2-3 days a week)
05-21-03, 07:32 AM
Thanks for all the input. I think I am going to try to alternating skating and cycling, with my long rides on the weekends. I am hopeful this will allow me to continue to improve my cycling skills.
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