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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-14-08, 12:07 PM   #1
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Dude, where's my fitness?

So for one reason or another, I've been off my bike for the last 3 weeks. At this point, you might be saying to yourself, "It doesn't take long to lose your bike fitness. I should know, I read it on BF." I read BF too, so to keep in shape, I hit the treadmill until my lungs burned, my legs felt like jello, and my head spun. However, five minutes didn't feel like much of a workout so I kept at it for at least 30 mins a day, 4-5 days a week.

Today, I rode my bike for a quick errand. I knew I was in trouble right off the bat when I was flying towards my destination seemingly with ease. My mind immediately said, "Tailwind. You'll pay on the way home." Sure enough, my lungs were burning, I was huffing and puffing, and parts of my legs were protesting on the way home.

The moral of the story? Exercising on a treadmill is pointless.
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Old 02-14-08, 12:47 PM   #2
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or... wind is a tease?
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You could just be having a bad day. We all do from time to time. I'll ride some days and just suck, then the next week on the same trails I rock.
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The moral of the story? Exercising on a treadmill is pointless.

Very, very untrue!!!!!

Cross training is good for your body and should not decrease your cardio system at all, unless you are going easier on the treadmill than you do on the bike. Yes, it is different for your body, but not a cardio change.

I can bike 100 miles and feel ok when I am done, but running 3.5 miles and my legs are toast for a while. I think it really depends upon the person and what they are really doing.
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or... wind is a tease?
Nah, I've faced tougher headwinds. This one blew, but what I couldn't believe was how hard it felt to ride into it.

On the treadmill, my lungs feel like they're filled with lead and are on fire. On a bike, they feel fine. The level of effort is much higher on the damn treadmill.
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You're using more muscles to run on a treadmill.
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Nah, I've faced tougher headwinds. This one blew, but what I couldn't believe was how hard it felt to ride into it.

On the treadmill, my lungs feel like they're filled with lead and are on fire. On a bike, they feel fine. The level of effort is much higher on the damn treadmill.

So why does that make exercising on a treadmill worthless????
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You use different muscles. But any workout is better than no workout.
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You don't use your legs on a bike, or you don't use your legs on a treadmill?

You use the same muscles, but you use them in a different manner maybe.
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I didn't say worthless, I said pointless. The obvious point is that running doesn't prepare you for riding into a headwind. Riding into headwinds prepares you for riding into headwinds. The other less obvious point was I was joking and complaining. Joking that exercise is pointless and complaining that I lost bike fitness by spending more time on the treadmill.
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I dunno, I'm training for a triathlon and the running training is definitely improving my bike speed. I know some of the that is the strength training and weight loss, but the running has really helped strengthen some of the small stabilizing muscles in my legs and core that make it easier to generate more power in the saddle.
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I would agree with Halthane...and would add that the addition of weekly swims to my routine has done wonders for my core and it really tweaks up all the various stabilizing muscles (i.e. works stuff you didn't even know existed....) can see huge strides in my riding too ..... I believe the combo is helpful...just my 2 cents.
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Yep. I took two weeks off for vacation...Took me about 2 weeks to get back in shape.
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I didn't say worthless, I said pointless. The obvious point is that running doesn't prepare you for riding into a headwind. Riding into headwinds prepares you for riding into headwinds. The other less obvious point was I was joking and complaining. Joking that exercise is pointless and complaining that I lost bike fitness by spending more time on the treadmill.

My bad. I didn't take it as a joke.

I will have to agree with Halthane also. Running has helped me with overall fitness and my biking skills have improved with the extra work in the gym. Swimming along with the running, elliptical and other workouts make a difference in overall fitness for me and that has helped me on the bike.
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Today, I rode my bike for a quick errand. I knew I was in trouble right off the bat when I was flying towards my destination seemingly with ease. My mind immediately said, "Tailwind. You'll pay on the way home." Sure enough, my lungs were burning, I was huffing and puffing, and parts of my legs were protesting on the way home.
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