I'm a fairly new MTB-er, started at the beginning of the summer but havent been out that much due to the terrible weather. Lately things are starting to happen for me though, technically and strength wise I'm improving. And Im starting to take it more seriously.
I've been taking my MT bike out on the road for exercise and to build up my strength lately. I'm doing alot of road climbing. I live at the bottom of hills, so I ride to the top of this steep climb and then head home downhill.
I think though my leg strength is increasing more than my general fitness. Could this be so? Is it a good idea to alternate a day of climbing with a day's longer, flat spin for cardio?
My calves also tend to be a bit sore. I never warm up I just start up the hill, which is maybe a bad idea.
Thanks for any thoughts!