sample from Graeme Obree’s training book.
so far…. “explaining the bleedin’ obvious”.
In the past I have read:
- Chris Charmichael’s the time crunched cyclist
- Arnie Baker’s smart cycling
- Chris Sidwells’ cyclosportive+
I have applied ideas from all of these to my attempts to get fit in the past.
I also own:
- Joe Friel’s The Cyclist’s Training Bible
- David Swenson’s Ashtanga yoga, the practice DVD
- Bushy Mountain publishing’s yoga for cyclists DVDs
- various Stott pilates DVDs
- Bob Glover et al, The Runner’s Handbook
For the next year I have access to:
- Graeme Street’s Cyclo-core club resources (workout videos)
- Cycling Weekly magazine
Also I have books that suggest combinations of exercises specifically for knee and lower back problems. I have not tested the effectiveness of these previously.
I am intrigued by the idea of ‘barefoot running’. This reduces knee strike. The crossfit course contained skipping, and explosive leaping exercises. These strengthen instep, ankle and calf, so moving the impact from the knees; and presumably providing a combination of muscles that can improve pedalling power, especially on hills and sprints. The assistant at my local running shop suggested high rep (endurance) calf raises.
The knee and lower back problems originate in non-cycling injuries.
The weak core is a result of repeated lower back problems that necessitated me resting and protecting my lower back, so progressively weakening my core, as that area ended up being ‘protected’/underused in tandem with the lower back.
I need to improve my core to reduce the likelihood of lower back problems in my everyday and work life, never mind how it might improve my cycling ( especially my attempts at BMX and mountain biking).
Beware Yorkshire, the white haired middle aged amateur BMXer will soon be frequenting your Skate-parks.
I thought I’d start on the small skate park at my village, very early in the morning, before any teenager even thinks of getting up.
My two major problems beyond these are;
- the ‘point of it all’
lets deal with these later.