Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Milner, Georgia
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, IF Crown Jewel, Gary Fisher Tassajara
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I think Crossfit is a fantastic strength and conditioning program, even if you strip it down to take out the movements that take a high degree of skill like the kettlebells and oly lifting. The short bursts of super intense exercise is a perfect off season cross training program for cyclists, as long as you watch your diet to not put on too much muscle that you'll have to ride off after you start your base.
However, I did find that focusing too much on Crossfit over the winter didn't give me enough recovery to be fresh for a new season in the spring. Lately, I've found that a combination of light cycling, running, rowing on the C2 erg, and yoga is the best overall off season cross training program.
I'll get on the bike a couple of times a week to keep the legs spinning, maybe on the road if I can, but usually on the rollers. I'll use running and rowing as my higher intensity cardio and strength-endurance work. And the yoga handles my flexibility and strength.