How can I keep in shape for cycling while not cycling?

jos2thehua Posts: 76
edited July 2009 in Road beginners
My question is how can I keep in shape for cycling specifically while not cycling?

I am nearing the start of my last year of high school (Thank the Lord! :lol: ) and this means for the next few months cross country season will begin. I am going to start focusing more of my overall fitness on running for around three months and I was wondering how during this time I could stay fit for cycling while not actually cycling. Will supplementing in running actually keep me about at the level of fitness on the bike when I stopped or will all the running actually destroy what I have built up in cycling over the last few months from not training the same category of muscles.

Also, I am not sure at the moment if I am going to do this or not but I was also wondering if commuting to school each day (10 miles one way and then back in the afternoon) would also help me stay in shape? However, my real question is whether this would actually be a little too much in your opinion? Do you think 20 miles everyday for 5 days a week while running around 6 miles avg. each day in-between be a little too taxing on my body? Or do you think it would be an appropriate amount?

Thank you

Josh M. Holloway


  • keef66
    keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I'd have said for a fit young person like you, a 10 mile commute would be a piece of cake (Don't eat the cake) as long as it doesn't involve any mountains.

    If however you find you don't have the time / energy, you won't lose any cardio fitness by just running instead, and I doubt your cycling-specific muscles will suffer much either in just 3 months. I'd still suggest going out on the bike at least once a week; cross-training is highly recommended.
  • Surf-Matt
    Surf-Matt Posts: 5,952
    I run (and race) and cycle a lot - I'd say both help the other sport.

    I do weights (mostly bodyweight and lightish but high rep stuff) too which I'm convinced helps avoid injuries in other sports if done properly.
  • Tora75
    Tora75 Posts: 40
    Yeah i run around 30k a week and cycle around 50-60k but as the guy said before both help each other and with you being so young should be no bother at all keeping in trim!..Tora
  • tokoloshe
    tokoloshe Posts: 2
    I cycle approx. 110 miles a week. If I try running, I end up panting and spluttering all over the place. :lol:
  • Garz
    Garz Posts: 1,155
    On days when you dont exercise just focus your attention on a proper diet (eat healthy with quality not quantity).
  • Tora75
    Tora75 Posts: 40
    Cant agree more with Garz!It is very important to rest up aswell don't over do it even though you are still young you might do a serious injury then you wont be able to do any at all....i never run 2 days in a row i space my runs out over 3x10ks! and on my bike runs i keep it to 50-60k in 2 rides but when i get my road bike that figure is going to go sky high haha..........Tora
  • jos2thehua
    jos2thehua Posts: 76
    Thank you all for the tips and suggestions. I'll take them into consideration and keep away from over doing it.

    By the way, I am going to try to hit up the gym a lot more during my off season and I was wondering what weight machine I should focus on. Should I put most of my workout into just hamstring curls and calf raisers or should I add in some upper body too?
  • Garz
    Garz Posts: 1,155
    Just concentrate on the core in the gym followed by some long cardio.