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    How do you stay in shape during winter ...

    With all the rains here in California, I started to wonder how everyone else trains when you don't have the opportunity of dry roads. For those in Canada, and on the east coast (especially where there is nothing but snow), how do you stay in shape, so that you can tackle those mountainous rodes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
    With all the rains here in California, I started to wonder how everyone else trains when you don't have the opportunity of dry roads. For those in Canada, and on the east coast (especially where there is nothing but snow), how do you stay in shape, so that you can tackle those mountainous rodes?
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    You can burn fat by adding muscle. Lift weights in the off season. You can also do intervals on the trainer. That will help burn fat. And you can eat less. You have to keep up the cardio indoors or even cross train by skiing, snowboarding, crosscountry, anything. Improvise.

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    weights, rollers, reduced fat/caloric intake.

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    I ski. Now that the Holidays are over I'm getting to the gym a couple days a week, and I have a trainer and rollers in the basement (about once a week). I should be on the bike today; 30s and sunny....

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    I run (2-3x a week). I find that my running temperature threshold to be much lower. I've run in -10*C, but wouldn't want to even think of rising my bike at such low temperatures.
    I also downhill ski and am thinking of picking up cross country, as that is suppose to really improve cardiovascular fitness.

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    I eat... Round, it's a shape.

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    It's called Winter Cycling. We even have a forum entitled such. The sad part is that you are in California and not riding? If you only knew how angry that makes the rest of us feel that are in the cold climates.

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    Eat less and ride less. And longer posing sessions.

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    I don't.
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    What is this "in shape" of which you speak? <slinkin' back to kitchen for seconds on lunch>

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    I used to ride through the winters...when I was younger and was racing. Now, as an old man, I ride in the late mornings to get the warmer parts of the day, ride 'cross in the wodds so the wind it not as intense, or ride a fixed on the rollers and try to spin so that my butt does not bounce uncontrolably.

    I try to eat less, but that's hard...

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    Friggen wuss. Suck it up and ride, dammit.
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    Crank... Have you finally taken my advice to HTFU and ride ?



    I ride 30 km a day in the winter... I think my shape is actually better than it was when I was riding 50 km a day in the summer since winter riding is far more intense workout.

    Besides that...my work is akin to spending 8-10 hours a day in a gym lifting weights so there's little chance I could ever get out of shape.

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    rod - How do you define old ?

    I'm 42.

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    Round is a shape. Seriously, I lost about 50 pounds by bike commuting from Sept '06 to November '07 or so. Now I seem to have gained 15 of those back since I switched to shorter bike routes that integrate the bus system with my commute. Oh well. Spring's on its way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Crank... Have you finally taken my advice to HTFU and ride ?



    I ride 30 km a day in the winter... I think my shape is actually better than it was when I was riding 50 km a day in the summer since winter riding is far more intense workout.

    Besides that...my work is akin to spending 8-10 hours a day in a gym lifting weights so there's little chance I could ever get out of shape.
    When I get some decent tires. Winter+slicks=NO.
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    I ride everywhere I go. Not that I'm in terribly good shape, but I don't get "out of shape".

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    Running, weightlifting, boxing...oh wait, I live in Southern California: biking.

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    Up until this year, I did MMA. Then I realized losing 20+ pounds of fat is WAY easier than losing 20+ pounds of muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    I ride everywhere I go. Not that I'm in terribly good shape, but I don't get "out of shape".
    Me, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    rod - How do you define old ?
    i didn't mean old in a bad sense, although it probably came across that way.
    i'm 29

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    blob is a pretty easy shape to maintain throughout the entire year, not just winter.
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    A steady diet of guinness and taco's does it for me.

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