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Old 03-13-11, 06:42 PM
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Soccer and biking, how do they coexist?

I am a 30 mile a ride rider, all road and have really gotten into cycling the last few years. I'm 46 and recently started an old passion, soccer. I played in college and high school. I stopped because I saw too many injuries and frankly, if you haven't played, it's extremely physically demanding. I returned to it recently because I miss a contact sport such as this. I played tonight again, I don't think I could ride for a week if I tried. I will be sore for many days. My question is this: I also do some fair weight lifting and soccer demands a very strong core and very strong upper body due to the amount of contact. There is a lot of explosive movements and sprinting (what I think a sprinting cyclist would be like). I would like to build to 50 to 75 mile rides this summer and wondering if I do some soccer conditioning (weights, running, plyometrics, sprints) will this hinder my longer riding ability? I will have a lesser amount of time for riding with the soccer, as you could guess. Just confused as to how to balance this all out. Thanks in advance.
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I know a couple people who do both sports, so this is second hand. They find the greatest benefit of cycling to soccer to be the aerobic and anaerobic endurance aspects. I don't think the fundamentals of soccer conditioning will hurt the cycling, either. Sounds helpful, except that upper body weight is never good for climbing, but who wants to look like The Chicken? I doubt you'll have any problem doing those longer rides, which are mostly about learning on-bike nutrition and hydration. These skills should translate back to soccer, also. Ride hard when you can.
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I've got to say, the sports don't overlap for at all. They are completely different and when I really hit riding hard during the spring summer my soccer suffers, that's just the way it is. I can definitely feel less explosiveness and top speed in soccer after a week of hard riding, but your body might be different than mine.
I will say cycling has given me some leg strength which has helped in standing up to bigger players (I'm 5'7", 135) and shooting power.

I would just say get enough protein to keep your muscles fed. Most likely one sport is going to suffer, depending on how hard you push yourself in the other.
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Soccer has a lot more sideways movement in your legs than cycling.

I'd wager that they would complement each other for overall fitness. Doing only soccer workouts won't necessarily transfer to helping cycling, and only going on rides won't necessarily transfer to soccer (like riding during the week and only playing on Saturdays), but a more equal combination of the two would be good.
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I did cycling and soccer together for several years. I was using my bike as my main source of transportation, taking 20+ mile rides, working out, and playing soccer two or three times a week. Like you mentioned, the first time you play a game, you are going to be beat if you are out of practice (not necessarily out of shape).

What should help is to compliment your riding and soccer with a couple 2 hour work-outs with runs, weights, plyometrics (especially hitting your core), and good stretches. Shoot for 30 minutes of stretch with your work outs or mix in some yoga. When you lift, shoot for a comfortable resistance and up your reps. Try to up your reps every few weeks, but don't do it if your are increasing your biking distance. Stay an extra week at a comfortable lifting weight and rep combination if you are adding miles to your ride. Always remember to get your stretches in before and after you work out and play soccer.

It sounds like you're going to have a nice summer. Keep it up!
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Soccer and cycling are God's gift to humankind.

I'd second doing some runs. I find if I play soccer after a long break, it's easy to overdo things. There's just so much impact compared to cycling. I have to watch my tendons in my shins and ankles, but I think that's my particular weakness anyway.
I try to keep up some runs (even relatively short at an easy pace) in the off season just so I'm not too sore when I play my first game. It seems to keep all the rights muscles and tendons used to some impact.
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Originally Posted by biketowork101
I did cycling and soccer together for several years. I was using my bike as my main source of transportation, taking 20+ mile rides, working out, and playing soccer two or three times a week. Like you mentioned, the first time you play a game, you are going to be beat if you are out of practice (not necessarily out of shape).

What should help is to compliment your riding and soccer with a couple 2 hour work-outs with runs, weights, plyometrics (especially hitting your core), and good stretches. Shoot for 30 minutes of stretch with your work outs or mix in some yoga. When you lift, shoot for a comfortable resistance and up your reps. Try to up your reps every few weeks, but don't do it if your are increasing your biking distance. Stay an extra week at a comfortable lifting weight and rep combination if you are adding miles to your ride. Always remember to get your stretches in before and after you work out and play soccer.

It sounds like you're going to have a nice summer. Keep it up!
Did you see any improvement in the physical aspects of your game due to commuting on bike while playing soccer regularly? I.e. speed, endurance, acceleration
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I'm only a little bit younger and I still play football (not handegg), but it is a young men's game. It's physically demanding and not just on stamina and power, things that can be trained, it's the joints, ligaments and tendons that get too old first. You should probably consider what you want from the game at this age and at which level you want to play. I'm quite injury prone myself, but the reason I can still play 80% of the time without injury is because I have evolved to a 'static centre forward', and I'm not explosive to the max. Starting a sprint, turning and jumping I do at about only 80%. My game is more about technique, awareness and vision now. I still enjoy the physical duels, especially against teenagers and twenty-somethings and I am a tall strong man, but I have to be smart about it. If you're not fast you have to start moving early, if you're not strong you have to time the contact better. Playing smart gets much easier if you're forced to it by physical limitations.

So my advice is to start modestly and wait and see what the body still can handle and improve from there. Playing football over 40 is not something you can take for granted, it requires careful management of rest and recuperation.
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I actively play hockey and cycle, and while the muscle groups are slightly different in the legs, the conditioning overlap is noticeable. I wouldn't get too hung up on sports-specific workouts for the two since it doesn't sound like you're competing at a high level. Just enjoy the fitness gains!
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A big difference if you haven't sprinted hard, or run alot, is that your cardio may be in shape, but your leg tendons and ligaments aren't used to the stress...soreness the first time is a sure thing...it will fade with more playing.

I come from 16 years of organized soccer, and I'm sure my cycling legs are better because of doing all that growing up.

More recently, I played basketball, and one of the guys about my age jogs 4 miles a day, but never sprints...I never run, but I do cycling sprint intervals...

The sprinting demands of the game hurt him much more than they hurt me...my body was used to all-out efforts, even if of a different kind.
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Originally Posted by dcwldct
I actively play hockey and cycle, and while the muscle groups are slightly different in the legs, the conditioning overlap is noticeable. I wouldn't get too hung up on sports-specific workouts for the two since it doesn't sound like you're competing at a high level. Just enjoy the fitness gains!
I think cycling is very good for hockey but less useful for soccer. Hockey is a series of anaerobic sprints 30-60 seconds long with rest in between. Being fit from cycling helps with the recovery. Soccer and running have more in common and running regularly would help condition the joints and ligaments used in soccer.
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