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    Weights and biking simultaneously?

    Right now I am riding every day and working on legs at the gym twice a week. This really puts a load on my legs and knees. When putting on lots of miles, is it bad to combine weights in the mix or work solely on cycling. Less miles, more weights, more miles, no weights? Thanks for the tips to come.

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    Hmmm,
    perhaps we could have mentioned the
    squats when we complained about hip pain? Hmm? Your body is trying to tell you something. I am not precisely sure what the message is. But I do know taking a couple days off is prob going to help. So do that. Start back in gradually. Stretch daily, at least for a while. And limit yourself to one workout a day, and no more than 5 a week. You can add more later, but first I'd fix the small problems before they become big ones.

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    Legs 2x a week and biking. Your are overworking. I would drop a day of legs, but it depends on your priority. When I am mid season I don't even do legs as they get slammed riding the trails. I leave leg workouts for the winter when I can have full recovery and that is also when I focus a lot of raw power instead of endurance.

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    There is a great book with training tips by LA that gives some suggestion on weight lifting programs and such I will see if I can get it from my friend tomorrow and get the title of the book.

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    I do legs 1x a week and only leg press, leg ext, leg curls, and standing calf raises 2 sets of each 12 reps not heavy just enough to feel the muscles working. Need to put riding in front of weight training now that I am putting in more miles.
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    Make sure you are getting enough protien. I've found that I need to increase my intake when my training volume is high. It really helps my recovery.

    As my cycling volume increases I decrease my strength training volume. The intensity (to failure) remains but I reduce the sets and do primarily compound exercises, like squats/ hack squat or leg press/split squat. Typically less than 6 work sets.

    Afterwards I spin 20-30 minutes EASY.

    YMMV

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    do NOT train your legs while biking or running. this gives them no time to repair themselves and could lead to injury. your legs take anywhere from 48-72 hours to repair, and if your work them within that time period, then they arent going to grow. its ok to bike consecutively, but not to lift and bike or to lift and lift. upperbody is good to work on for biking and i can obviously see that you want to build up your legs if your lifting along with biking, but if they dont have repair time, they arent gonna grow.

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