Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
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What are you training for? Once a week is not enough for racing, but if you are not training for racing, then you shouldn't really care about if walking hurts or not.
Keep up the walking, especially if you only ride once a week - in this case it will help. Walking strenghtens not just your cardio and legs, but all the muscles in you body needed to keep upright.
As to winter holiday gain, don't worry about a few pounds - you'll be able to burn it off in Jan if you ride a bit more. Just don't eat stupid amounts. Maybe go for some long walks, do situps, pushups, etc, chop and carry wood, etc.