I've been riding a few months now and am ready to start taking this seriously. I've got a few questions, but let me begin by saying that I do not plan to do anything competitive this year. I will start joining group rides but no races. I plan on racing next year following a proper training schedule starting in the winter of this year.
Anyhow, I've been seeing that cyclists should do some light weight training and core work with an exercise ball. Is this something you do strictly in the off season or do you continue to work out in this manner even while riding? Would AM Weight/Core work and afternoon cycling or visa versa work?
Do I have to look for anything special when I buy an exercise ball?
What is the point of lifting weights with your arms? The legs and core makes sense, but why add mass to your arms?
Thanks a lot,