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Old 09-25-06, 10:57 AM   #1
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Mixing strength and riding

So I'm thinking about trying to do some races this winter/spring and I'm adding strength training to my routine. Never raced before but it seems like it would be fun.

Currently I do cardiovascular-oriented stuff about 6 days/week, like maybe biking 4 times for about 1.5 hours and running 2 days/week for about an hour. I think initially I'd like to add some squats to increase quad strength. Hindu squats, possibly, so I don't need to have any equipment.

Question: for people who mix in strength training, do you do it before, between, or after your cardio stuff? Does doing it one way work better? Is it bad to do strength training and then do an hour-long ride?

Any advice or opinions appreciated.
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Old 09-25-06, 01:00 PM   #2
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After. If i lifted weights before a ride, i'd likely not ride. Me and a former training partner did trainer workouts and then lifted after a 10 min rest. We did the workouts on Tues/Thurs. Weekends were for riding outside. I had a gym setup in my basement for trainer workouts and weightlifting. I'm going to be putting this stuff back together real soon. Weight lifting is good for raising the metablolism.
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If you are continuing both gym and road training, do them on alternate days.
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