Muscle imbalances, pedal stroke, weight training, etc
A couple guys on the cycling team here at state have been showing me some weight-room excercises to get ready for the upcoming season, and to combine with a base-building program of long steady miles. I'm doing squats, leg press, calf raises, leg extensions, leg curls, and my ab program that I've been doing for a while now, situps, crunches, back extensions and leg lifts.
My main observation, though, is that my legs are getting bigger. its only been about a week and a half, and I've only been doing light weights, but there is definitly an increase in size. Do muscles retain water to allow them to heal after weight training? Just a guess, I suppose
I was told that I should do the exercises single-leg whenever possible to avoid muscles imbalances. I've noticed, though, that I already have a bit of an inbalance, my left calf is weaker then my right, and my right quads/leg press muscles are weaker then my left. since I haven't really done any leg-work before, that leads me to believe that my pedal stroke is off, and I'm using the calf more on the right side, and the quad more on the left. how can I compensate?