cross training

Crosstraining for Cyclists

 

You either love it or you hate it: cross training.  Some relish the idea of changing up their workout and trying new things.  Others find the idea of deviating from their regular cycling schedule either daunting or a nuisance.  The fact is cross training is necessary to not only make you a better cyclist but also helps to prevent overuse injuries.

As a trainer and coach I have learned over the last decade that your cross training should differ depending on whether you are in or out of a training cycle.  So if you are 8 weeks out from a big race your cross training will vary greatly in frequency and type than if you are in a maintenance phase months out from any race where you will be pushing your pace or endurance.  Here are some general guidelines for cyclists to follow when look for cross training options and figuring out how to fit them into their exercise plan.

When you are OUTSIDE of a training phase:

The Adventures of Karmel & Jester

A true story as told by Jester, a Moxie Cycling ambassador’s first Moxie jersey.

Although I was sandwiched among dozens of tops for sale at the 2012 Utah Goldilocks Century, I was optimistic that someone would take me home. Indeed my bright colors and diamond pattern of the Moxie Jester style and unique T-Back tank design did not scream “typical cycling jersey”, yet it was this distinction that gave me hope I would catch your eye.  You approached me –  exhausted yet victorious after riding 100 miles for the first time ever – and determined to treat yourself with a new top for this sport that you have recently fallen in love with.

Since you were not particularly fond of the current women’s cycle apparel that was on the market at the time, you were THRILLED when you finally found me. I was flattering, functional, and most of all – fabulously fashionable. As a fitness instructor and overall generally active gal, you knew immediately that you would not be wearing me on the bike exclusively.  In fact, for the next few years, even though you wore me quite often, it was rarely on the bike.  And so began the Adventures of Karmel and Jester.

IMG_2272After that first century ride in May 2012, you wore me often to the gym where you teach a variety of fitness classes including indoor cycle, boot camp, Zumba, and aquatics.  You love how my moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly after teaching an intense sweaty class.  You love how my back pockets are so perfect for holding the microphone pack. You love how my fashionable design and colorful pattern invite compliments from students and colleagues on a regular basis.

But our adventures were not limited to the gym. I joined you often at the local amusement park on hot summer days.  Purses are not allowed on some of the rides so my pockets held your keys, phone, and wallet. You beamed with pride when a couple of gals behind us in line on one of the rides asked you, “Where did you get your pocket top??? We love it!”

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Although your outdoor cycling took a back seat in 2013 when you started running Spartan obstacle races, I did not. In fact, after running 6 Spartan races wearing various tops that did not hold up well during all of the mud pits and wall climbs and barbed wire crawls, you decided to give me a shot – and I came through for you like champ.  Since you didn’t want to wear a bulky Camelbak or a water bottle holster which could get caught on some of the obstacles, you carried your water bottles in my pockets.  My fantastic fit and built-in bra supported you perfectly as you climbed and crawled and pulled and ran and hoisted and leaped. And best of all, I cleaned up beautifully.  While some of your other tops have been ruined after a Spartan race, you have continued to wear me since, and my colors are brighter than ever and my shape and form are still wonderfully intact.

Our many adventures include travel as you absolutely love me for sightseeing and hiking.  Once again, my pockets allow you to enjoy various destinations without having to lug around a purse or a backpack.   I thrive in the humidity and heat of various climates as I can keep you cool and dry while still making you look stylish.

I looked amazing at the top of Willis Tower in Chicago with the city far below us.  My kaleidoscope of colors complemented the hues of Roberto, the macaw we met on a hike in Cancun.  I performed wonderfully when you climbed a sandy hill in Moab.

You have added to your collection of Moxie jerseys since you first discovered me four years ago and each jersey in your collection performs just as effectively, looks just as flattering and stylish, and earns just as many compliments.

So continue to cycle, run, hike, climb, leap, crawl, jump, dance, teach, swim, and play in your Moxie as much as your heart desires.  We can not only take it… we welcome it.

PrintKarmel is a Moxie Cycling ambassador and blog contributor. Check out her bio here!

Turn Your Workouts into a Family and Friends Event

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Let’s face it. You love your workouts. You got into your sport thinking you were just running a 5K, just biking on the weekends or just training for your first triathlon. It didn’t take long, but now you’re hooked. Congratulations on your healthy and active lifestyle.

Whether you are following a training plan, taking a particular class or just mixing it up, workouts take up a good chunk of time. With any kind of commitment, you have to figure how to fit it all in. So what do you do when you are feeling that push and pull between training, family, and friends? Continue reading

Riding Might NOT Be Enough

Cycling is an activity that many pick up as a child. “It’s just like riding a bike,” is a phrase used to indicate that once you know how to do it, you don’t forget. For most people, cycling is child’s play, the bike that took you around the neighborhood is left in the garage, and the JOY of the wind on your face is left in childhood. But, “since it’s just like riding a bike,” (um, duh, it is riding a bike) it can be picked up again at just about any age. For me, I came back to the bike after knee injuries prevented me from running. At first, it felt like I’d been cheated and that it was “second choice.” As time has passed, I now find myself more in love with the bike than I ever was with the run….and I fear losing my ability to ride!kids-bike-sizes-10309606-1024x683

“Ride today so that you can ride tomorrow,” has become my mantra. I live in Minnesota, where riding year round isn’t really possible, so, to stay conditioned through the l-o-n-g, dark winter I ride at our local athletic club. But, riding might not be enough. Continue reading