mikesbytes wrote:unless your objective is to become the fastest rider in Meldura then you will reek the benefits of cross training.
If your over 35 then you should add some resistance or impact training to counteract bone density loss. Neither swimming or cycling are particularly effective for counteracting bone density loss.
The fastest rider in Mildura regularly goes swimming and I would like to get closer to him, I am under no illusions that this will do it though, he is pretty bloody good, older than me though. Just for a bit of variation and as an aero work out I like the occaisional swim session.
I did do a bit of weight training prior to cycling competitively and may do some again. No running though as I have had corrective surgery for a prolapsed L5-S1 intervertebral disc and the only time it gives me grief is if I run or am not careful with how I lift.
I am over 35, 40 at the end of the year, and take glucosamine and calcium to hopefully partially counteract bone and joint degeneration
I have read your training log several times and must say I am bloody impressed with the consistency and qty of your work, you are better than me. Don't know how you do it.