The Oliver 1/2 Ironman is in 18 weeks...and training officially started yesterday! My newest blog read is from a pro-cyclist Frayed Laces.
Here is one of her Indoor Spin workouts that I tried last night...
5:00 at an easy pace
6:00 one leg drills done as 3x (1:00 right leg, 1:00
4:00 of : 30 spin ups (spin up to maximum rpm you can
hold without bouncing), : 30 pedal easy
2:00 pedal easy
3:00 seated in big chain ring and 70 rpm, shift 1 gear
bigger and stand up for 1:00. Pedal easy 1:00
Repeat above 3 more times (total of 20 minutes of
Pedal easy 3:00
3:00 High cadence (100 rpm), Zone 4, then pedal easy
Repeat above 2 more times (total of 15 minutes of
Cooldown: pedal easy for 5:00.
Notes: On the one-legged drills,
focus on pedaling smoothly and maintaining your form. Your leg is going to want
to “skip” on the hard part of the stroke (the upstroke) but that’s what you
want to avoid. Try to pedal at your normal cadence. You will feel it in your
core and hip flexors!
When you’re standing up you want
hardly any weight/pressure on your hands. Shift your weight back to your legs
and keep a strong core (no side to side wobbling!). You should feel like you
should still be able to “play the piano” on your handlebars if you’re
maintaining proper form.
Wild Thing, or Camatkarasana, is a favourite of mine as it is a combination of MAJOR heart and hip opening… two areas that tend to hold onto stress and lock in emotions.
Because you are really expanding through the chest and hip flexors, the therapeutic benefits include relief of fatigue and minor depression. As an added bonus, this pose also builds strength in the shoulders and upper back.
Check out this video to see a one sequence to get you going WILD!
A few weekends ago me and my girlfriends went for a Saturday Snowshoe up Cypress Mountain.
It was such a gorgeous, sunny day we were shedding layers of clothing like crazy as we trudged our way to the top.
Basically the trail starts out with a couple of small rolling hills and maybe one switchback, and then launches into a full on climb up three peaks… so you climb, rest, climb, rest, climb, and finally REST!