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Old 02-01-07, 08:52 PM   #1
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For those who live in wintery areas half the year ...

If you live in an area where it is WINTER (cold, snow, ice, etc.) for a good portion of the year, what do you do to keep in shape throughout the winter? Besides the trainer, and besides getting outside to ride as much as possible ... I think we all do that, right?

What interesting cross-training activities do you participate in?


When I lived in Manitoba, where they had snow in the winter, I did a lot of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Unfortunately, now that I live in Alberta, the snow either melts or blows away before I have a chance to ski on it.

I've been weightlifting every winter for the past about 17 years, and I've participated in yoga classes 3 winters recently. I'm debating about getting into pilates one of these winters.

I also walk (briskly), and run if I have access to a treadmill.

This year I've done some swimming too. I'm not an accomplished swimmer, my technique isn't very good at all. But I try.

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Old 02-01-07, 10:13 PM   #2
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Telemark skiing, lots of walking, some time on the trainer, sometimes the rowing ergometer gets some attention (there is no more brutal workout on the planet!) and -- but for this year, so far -- some easy cycling. I'm not worrying too much about it. Of course, with the decrease in activity must come cutting way, way back on the calorie intake. The days of 4 large meals, a freezer full of ice cream, and snacky things adorning the desk at work won't return until the mileage hits 300 miles a week!
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Old 02-02-07, 07:00 AM   #3
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I spend a lot of time on the trainer and lift twice a week.

Oh wait, you wanted to know, "What interesting cross-training activities do you participate in?".

How about shoveling my driveway and sidewalk.
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Old 02-02-07, 07:40 AM   #4
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i ride outside everyday regardless of the weather here in boston. every single day. minimum 24 miles (commute) longer on weekends. that's all.
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In addition to the CycleOps trainer, I have a Concept II rower and an elliptical machine (along with a Landice L8 treadmill). I try to lift 2X a week, but I've been off since the 12th (gotta get back into it).
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Cycle-ops Trainer in the basement, this winter I joined the YMCA to have access to a pool and I am learning to do lap-swimming (hoping to compete in a Triathlon this June), the Y also has other nice pieces of cardio equip and I dabble on those from time to time.

That's pretty much it.
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On the trainer 2x per week (Tues and Wed)

I have a Body Craft weight machine that I use 3x per week (Mon, Wed and Fri)

Walk 1 hour everyday at lunch time when at work (about 5km)

Mtb bike (20km), snowshoe (10km) or hike (10km) depending on snow levels and temp on the weekends. When I can't do either of those I sit in front of my computer answering questions trying to put off going down on the trainer.
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XC Ski, but we don't really have the snow for it. (I like heading to the woods - sort of BC style)
Telemark, but requires snow.
Snowshoe, but requires snow.
Hiking

Running... 3.25 miles 3-5 times a week (when its not so so cold)

Rollers - I bought a set this year and love them... much more fun than the trainer.
Trainer

Looking at the weather and travel schedule and wondering how to sneak in my Feb century.
I also just built a SS / FG. Waiting for the final parts but I should have it next week.
I haven't taken my main road ride out in the slop recently - but the SS / FG is being built for this. I've got cross tires on it now, but will put some studs on it. Looking forward to riding in the snow / slop. I think my outside mileage will go up after this arrives.

I'm having a hard time dealing with the caloric intake. I rode nearly every other day through January (rollers mainly with a few outside rides and some runs - average was about 1 1/2 hours). I need to shed some weight - but it is coming off soo slowly right now.
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Trainer 3x per week, have a weight room at work that I hit 2x a week.....fast walking on the treadmill with atm weights as home.....
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What interesting cross-training activities do you participate in?
skiing and rock climbing, mostly. Like brunop, I cycle commute, too, but on weekends if I don't feel like doing long icy rides, I hit a rock gym in a nearby town and try to conquer a few 5.7's.
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winter time

it's 4 degree f. here right now. 25mph winds with gusts over 40. the windchill is -18. this sucks!

i ride a stationary on bad weather days. as i get bored or stircrazy, i'll venture out when the temp gets into the 30's.
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Rollers and rowing machine.
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With the windchills down to -35f right now, I spend a lot of time on trainer. I do long slow distance 3 times a week, intervals twice and weights twice. I try to get out for a brisk tramp a few times a week and want to snow shoe but not enough snow right now. Occasionally I do a little Pilates to the Lime channel on tv. What I'd REALLY LOVE is one of those ENDLESS POOLS! I just turned 56 so I can't allow myself to get soft in the off-season!
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