Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: 2012 Trek DS 8.5 all weather hybrid, 2008 LeMond Poprad cyclocross, 1992 Cannondale R500 roadbike
Cycling is like going to the gym every day -- but only using a single machine for strength training. Some muscles get over developed and others are ignored. Also, you may start to tighten up in certain areas...
Actually, for me, as I get tired, my adductors tend to take over the work load. But that's me... And, last fall it caused a problem that landed me in PT for 6 weeks. And, from that, I learned a program of stretching and a balanced approach to strength training -- and the benefits of maintaining that balance.
Today I stretch and do the resistance training on all four sides of each leg on a (mostly) daily basis (adductors, abductors, frontal quads and hamstings). And, in addition to the stretching and strength training I also started running about 2-3 miles several times a week -- which also seems to strengthen other muscles than those that are primarily strengthened by cycling.
This spring I have found that my cycling is stronger and the pedaling action more balanced as I am no longer relying on just a few muscles to do the work. Yesterday I came close to my personal best while riding my heaviest bike with its snow tires still mounted.