Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Your routine may be improving body strength, but I prefer to be actively exercising. I often take a 1 mile walk into the town, but pushing it a bit rapid. May seem slow to some of you, but I do the 1 mile in 11 minutes. That keeps me breathing hard and I never break into a run or jog.
If I cannot ride- I do get down to the Gym and take 6 exercises in 10 minute or longer spells. The first one is always a 10 minute warm up, and then I am ready to push myself. Problem is that after a summer of riding, It will take me about 3 months before I can get the rest of my non-cycling muscles up to the level where I can start pushing them harder. Then it is time for the rides to start again, so the body just attunes itself for riding, and come the winter the gym comes back again.
The fatal thing to do is not to ride, and not to exercise. The exercise should be enough to keep the body in trim, but there then comes the time when you have to work to improve yourself- whether this is going to be for general fitness or cycling specific is up to you, but as I am finding out AGAIN, Just going out on the bike does leave a few muscles that ought to be worked more often than they are.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.