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Old 10-08-04, 10:11 AM
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Incorporating the little things ...

As a kid I was a big Bruce Lee fan (still am actually).

One of the things that stuck to me was he was always in a perpetual state of training. Today ofcourse we all know that there is such a thing as overdoing it but there may be merit to certain thoughts like "take the stairs instead of the elevator" or "do a few crunches while watching TV". Little efforts that ultimately add up.

Not all of us can dedicate a big chunk of their time improving our cycling persona but I was wondering if any of you had little tidbits that you do when you're not out cycling (ie at work, going out etc).

As for me, I have gotten in the habit of wearing leg weights at work. They are not exceptionally heavy but it does give me that "little" extra workout during an otherwise fat gathering work day.
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Bruce Lee is the *****! Talk about making something yours.
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try a weight vest instead of leg weights. putting extra stress on joints is not what your looking for. a vest will distribute the weight much better.
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Commuting.

I live 20 miles from work. It takes 40-45 minutes to make the drive in rush hour traffic.
I used to work out on a nordictrack in the morning for 35 minutes, shower, then drive to work. Now, I ride to work and shower there. I actually save 15-20 minutes in the overall process. It takes some planning and I can't do it every day, but it's a little thing that makes a huge difference.

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Originally Posted by nnewton123
try a weight vest instead of leg weights. putting extra stress on joints is not what your looking for. a vest will distribute the weight much better.
Interesting but how bulky is that? I wouldn't want to walk around the office with what appears to be a bullet proof vest.

Like I said though the leg weights aren't so heavy (so I think they aren't so hard on my knees). When I remember to, I also try to make a more pronounced stride to somewhat simulate the spinning motion. It helps break the monotonous trend of work.
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I do my own yardwork with a push mower. I walk to the local store. I bike commute to work. I never take the elevator (it's usually filled with tourists and lobbyists anyway). I use the restroom in the far part of the building.

It's possible that my family and coworkers think I'm a little weird, but hey.
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Commuting.

I live 20 miles from work. It takes 40-45 minutes to make the drive in rush hour traffic.
I used to work out on a nordictrack in the morning for 35 minutes, shower, then drive to work. Now, I ride to work and shower there. I actually save 15-20 minutes in the overall process. It takes some planning and I can't do it every day, but it's a little thing that makes a huge difference.

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Oh commuting is the bomb. I've lost 30 or so pounds so far in the last 6 months.Plus, never really trained with the "serious cyclists", I was pretty happy to find out that I can at least hold my own with other roadies (as you're pretty much "training everyday" without really thinking about it).

I had to take the bus to work yesterday (my bike was at the shop for a tune up), 1 hour wait time for the bus to arrive. That's like me going to and back from work a few times.
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Originally Posted by caloso
I do my own yardwork with a push mower. I walk to the local store. I bike commute to work. I never take the elevator (it's usually filled with tourists and lobbyists anyway). I use the restroom in the far part of the building.

It's possible that my family and coworkers think I'm a little weird, but hey.
Life is not fair! This sounds great to me...
I live in a typical midwestern metro area subdivision... local store is a few miles away.... I work in Downtown Chicago... while it would be awesome to say I rode the 80+ miles roundtrip daily, I'd have to give up sleep to get there/back in time. I work on the 32nd floor... I don't think they even have the stairs open(cept in emergency). I do match up on 2 though so all is not lost. I do use a push mower and the only restrooms on our floor are on the other end of the building.
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daiv4: Is it possible for you to partially commute by bike? I think there are several BFers who take the train/bus/car for a portion and then hop on the bike. Maybe use that cool new bike depot that Mayor Daley built? Or do the opposite, where you could ride to an outer El station.

I admit, my commute is pretty simple and as much as I might complain about it, Sacramento is a pretty bike-friendly city. But I only noticed that once I committed myself to riding everyday. At the beginning, it's still a psychological hurdle with the perceived danger and hassle. Once you get it together and start thinking of the bike as the "way you get yourself to work," then that's all it is.

And yes, I do have a great life, thanks.

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I actually live over the border in Indiana, and live on the edge of the civilization. I end up driving just short of 1/2 hour to train station, then 45 minute train ride downtown. The drive is not on bike friendly roads, and some of the smaller roads I could take are not overly people friendly. Thats all heading in a Northerly direction... now turn 180 degrees from home and I'm on a country road within minutes... Large tradeoff I guess, but nice on weekends/evenings. Bike carrier stays in the garage more often.
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I actually should have added to the original post "What kind of things you do outside cycling more, that helps you improve".

I'm just curious if there are little training tips out there that I could include.
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Alex Lowe was one of the greatest climbers of all time(rock/mountain climber) and he would do 400 pullups every morning. not that that's what you should do but a pull up bar you should consider, not only are pull ups amazing for strength training but you can do leg/knee lifts as well for lower abs(best single ab exercise i think). i was a very serious rock climber for over a decade and most of that time was spent in a "training" mindset, incl. diet sleep periodization, etc. thing is eventually i totally burned out and i have zero interest anymore. something to be careful of.
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To ride a bike well (i.e., fast), training is often doing nothing (i.e., resting). I'm also not going to try to keep up with that one-tenth of one percent of athletes who are inherently capable of far greater things than I. Do you think you or I would be like Lance if we rode with him for a year, or might we be on our deathbeds? I hear even his teammates dread riding with him. (I am a mere mortal. I try not to forget that. It keeps me healthy--physically and mentally.)

On the other hand, if you're talking about all-around fitness, a trip to the gym 3 times a week is more than sufficient. Even doing a hundred sit-ups and push-ups each every morning and/or evening will keep your upper body pretty darn fit relative to the lower muscles used in cycling. But as for training every waking moment, I prefer to enjoy a life beyond being fairly quick on the bike.
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My office is on the 5th floor, and I take the stairs up and down several times a day. I use the opportunity to get mini-workouts, doing different things to use different muscles. Sometimes taking 2 or 3 stairs at a time to work the quads and glutes, sometimes raising up on the balls of my feet on each step to work the calf muscles. Recently, I discovered that if I carry something with my arms outstretched in from of me, I feel it in my torso. (Abs of steel on the way!) The good thing about the stairwells is that nobody else is in there, so it doesn't matter how silly I look doing different things to get minor excercise.
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If you are pressed for time to ride, commuting by bike to work if you can do it is a great way to kill two birds with one stone. The ride may take 25% more time than driving, depending on the distance, but you get a workout at the same time. If you plan well, you can add some extra miles on the way home. I live close enough to ride but I have to travel a lot and cart others around during the work day so I have to drive. If I just stayed at the office all day every day, I would ride my bike, as I did several jobs ago. Long commuting by auto is absolutely the biggest waste of time and fossil fuel on the planet. To all those people who move out to the boonies to ‘get away from it all’ guess what…’it all’ is moving out with you! I would say it has a lot to do with why the USA has a large military presence in the Middle East.

OK…I step down from the soap box now…
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Originally Posted by galen_52657
To all those people who move out to the boonies to ‘get away from it all’ guess what…’it all’ is moving out with you!
No doubt about that... we moved further away from "The Windy City" for lifestyle preference in raising our kids, less distance to visit family(neither of us is from Chi Town) and its cheaper... much cheeper from across the border. The commuter rail system keeps talking about bringing a new near our home. But once thats confirmed its still about 10 years to convert the old rail lines... Could make a nice bike path too


But better than that, our work recently announced they are going to support telecommuting... Nothing like slipping our for a few hours to ride then back to work!

Since moving out here more farm land has been converted to condos and huge custom housing... Now on the country road out of town I'm seeing a new school going up... not to mention the new strip malls sprouting up all over the place. With many of the existing ones starting to close up... go figure.
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Originally Posted by daiv4
Since moving out here more farm land has been converted to condos and huge custom housing... Now on the country road out of town I'm seeing a new school going up... not to mention the new strip malls sprouting up all over the place. With many of the existing ones starting to close up... go figure.
I work in the land development business. It never ceases to amaze me when newcomers to the exurbs complain about 'the farm nearby being turned into a shopping mall/condo/strip shopping/tract housing’ (take your pick). Guess what honey... there once was a farm where your house sits! The people nearby *****ed when the farm that your development used to be got bought up and subdivided. The entire ‘moving to the ‘burbs’ premise is a lie, a lie that is killing this country.
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Been out in the burbs for a while, my complaint isn't the killing of a farm where it makes sense(if it does at all), but more that there are loads of vacant homes/buildings to move into, everyone seems to want custom fitted to a new property. Heck, there's even a whole mall near me that went belly up thats not being utilized.

Its the new era of the land grab. The last one was from prarie/forest to farmland where the previous tennants had the raw deal, this time its the land/environment thats taking the brunt of the hit. I guess it doesn't help the farmer make the decision to sell when he can make 10x the money selling than planting.

The end result is its spreading too fast... but hey someones gotta make a buck!
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Today ofcourse we all know that there is such a thing as overdoing it
I think the reverse is true...we don't work out hard enough. THat's why I founded Top Gun
 
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Originally Posted by jslopez
Not all of us can dedicate a big chunk of their time improving our cycling persona
My persona doesn't need improvement
 
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Seriously....

I have a complete gym in my house. Leg press, power rack, powerblock dumbells(very nice, very space efficient if you know about these).

I also bought a rebuilt commercial grade treadmill..(original price $5000 new---> got it with rebuilt motor and refinished for $600).

I cannot stress how much time having this stuff in my house saves me. I can work out whenever I want...saves so much time driving to gym.

Treadmill was worth it and applicable to anyone here. Just set-up in front of T.V. and kill some time on it. Actually the fact that walking is boring compared to olliptical is the treadmill's advantage....walking is such a natural movement that it is easy to forget you are on it. I read all the time when I am on it. If I can't ride my bike I have no problem putting 7 hours a week on my treadmill.
 
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Walking is hazardous to your cycling ability.
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Originally Posted by 55-11 Superman

I cannot stress how much time having this stuff in my house saves me. I can work out whenever I want...saves so much time driving to gym.
You are such a fake. Why not ride your bike to the gym?
And when you can't ride you can easily hop on a trainer or rollers rather than a treadmill. Besides, running can be bad for you and your bones, especially with women.
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