TOOLBOX: It’s funny, that as cyclists we spend so much time and energy focusing on our legs when we strength train, yet we don’t give a thought to the very things at the end that connect us to the bicycle: our feet.
Simply performing strength training exercises and looking to add more resistance and weight week to week, is NOT going to get us the results we want to see in our sport. But what’s the difference between just strength training and training for performance?
TOOLBOX: If you ask any cyclist or triathlete about “core training” you will undoubtedly hear about how great planks are. But ARE they really that great? Do you REALLY need to be planking?
Last week, we wrote about switching up strength training now that cycling season is in full swing and outdoor exercise restrictions are easing. I thought it would be a fine time to lay out one of my favourite on-bike strength and agility workouts.
With the better weather and some easing of pandemic restrictions, going outside and riding to our heart's content is both necessary and fun. But now is NOT the time to ditch your strength training. Here’s why and how you should be looking to turn UP your strength training as riding season swings into force.
Toolbox: “Now is the winter of our discontent” so spoketh Richard III. For cyclists, the mid to late winter doldrums can also set in from too much training with too little competition or tangible goals. Break out of that funk by being highly focused both on the bike and in the gym.
Toolbox: Base training has progressed significantly, and yet many cyclists (& triathletes), are stuck in the mindset of doing Long Slow Distance rides and maybe some random strength training “during base” or “the winter.” However, proper strength training throughout the year can greatly increase your aerobic power.