After saying to Long John (D.G.) that I was out for a ride tonight- I wimped out- Raining hard and floods on some of the trails meant that I went to the Gym instead. First time in 6 months.
The reason I have not been to the Gym is that we have lights on the Tandem and have been Night riding in the week. My main concern was that Pure Cycling would not give me as good a workout as a mixture of Gym and Riding. Last winter (2004/5) only got out on the bike on Sundays so had to supplement my fitness traing with the Gym.
Well tonight I went to the Gym and Biking Rules. I have my stats from last year and took it steady initially, but that did not last long. After a 10 minute warmup I went to the levels I was at last May on the various machines that I use. I was up to last years level on all the machines so finished up with a ten minute session on the cross trainer to see how hard I could go. I am fit. Then I went to the weights room and I have lost a little in the Arm and shoulders, but sitting on the back of the tandem I would have expected this, so was not too disapointed. On the legs though- they are there.
If any of you are wondering if "Extra" training is necessary for Biking- Then my experience is that it is not. Just ride as often as you can.All I have to do now is get a Sauna installed somewhere- because that is the one thing I relished tonight after a hard workout