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Old 01-18-09, 10:00 PM   #1
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Getting away from cycling

Well I decided this winter to get back on a weight lifting program.

I've been out of the serious lifting scene for a long time exept for some moderate phases of lifting during off season.

I'm falling back in love with the power. I'll see how winter goes and when spring arrives I'll have to make the decision but right now I'm thinking my lifting may remain my priority.

The good news is that I came to cycling from a power lifting background while in the Army. Back then my power to weight ratio was high so I was quite fast on my bike after just a few months of developing my cycling technique.

I once squatted with 550 pounds. My goal is to get back to 500 then we will see if I can transfer most of that power to the pedals. I'm currently at about a 410 max. It feels good to move heavy iron again.
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Old 01-19-09, 01:33 AM   #2
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Isn't riding through the open air a bit more enjoyable than sweating in some stinky gym?

I don't know much about weight lifting, but I'm sure 550lbs is a lot...just curious, how much do you weigh? And how fast do you usually ride on a long (2-3 hour) ride?
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Isn't riding through the open air a bit more enjoyable than sweating in some stinky gym?

I don't know much about weight lifting, but I'm sure 550lbs is a lot...just curious, how much do you weigh? And how fast do you usually ride on a long (2-3 hour) ride?

I weigh in at 210 and usually can maintain 20-21 for a two hour ride if I'm pushing. Go back 14 years and those figures were 180 pounds and 23-24 average speeds and thats when I was at the 550 squat..
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How come you can't do both? I don't know how old you are, but at a certain age some athletes start thinking about all-around fitness and performance, and they worry less about optimizing in just one sport or endeavor.
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How come you can't do both? I don't know how old you are, but at a certain age some athletes start thinking about all-around fitness and performance, and they worry less about optimizing in just one sport or endeavor.
I'm still doing both. Just focusing on power and not cycling. For me this means my typical cycling week will be 200 miles or so in season and 80-100 off season. When I'm totally fixated on cycling I'll ride over 350 miles per week.

I just don't feel balanced. I certainly do not want to have powerful legs with no upper body str.
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