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    Off-season Training and Diet

    Curious as to what some of you do in the off-season. Just wrapping up my first year of serious mountain biking and I'm wanting to continue improving.

    I was pretty hardcore into Crossfit but it's basically taken a back seat to trail riding this year. I was also semi-paleo during that time but I've been pretty carb-heavy to help with harder rides.

    SO....

    Riding days are getting slimmer and one thing I want to improve over the off-season is leg / core strength. Thinking I will concentrate on deadlifts, cleans, and squats along with sprints to keep my endurance up if I can't get on the bike much.

    Just curious what some of your training consists of in the gym. Also curious if anyone is paleo/primal and if you've had to adjust your diet any?

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    I get into a groove over winter

    monday - spin for 45 min on the trainer, lift heavy things, mostly upper body dumbell moves
    tuesday - spin for 20, 30-45 min of intervals on the trainer
    wednesday - see monday
    thursday - see tuesday
    friday - heavy squats and deadlifts
    sat - rest
    sunday - FAT-BIKE SNOW-ANGELS

    I shoot for 40/30/30 carbs/fat/protein most of the week, sat is kind of a carb reload for sunday's ride
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    Paleo is great, I lost 40lbs+ over the last 2 years doing it altho for endurance racing it just felt like I would hit a wall without the carbs. I picked up this book and it has been really great. Wish I would have found it over the winter instead of start of race season.

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    Off season training? Mostly skiing and drinking beer.
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    I tend to skinny up during riding season. Off season I'm indoors more so I try to bulk back up a little.

    Diet wise I eat mostly natural, mostly vegan. (Whatever that means) but I make sure to get enough calories and protein with every meal. Limit the breads and no processed crap. Try to get my abs back after the carb and beer fest that is spring/summer.

    Training I focus first on putting on weight, then on getting stronger, finally in late winter on endurance and trimming down, doing spin workouts, occasional runs and so on till the rain stops and it's time to ride again!

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    Off-season Training and Diet

    There's an off season?
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    We're spoiled in Nor Cal Abeckstead lights and warmer clothes!

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    ^^It doesn't get truly cold here and I ride year round. But I do ride less cause I don't like getting rained on so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    There's an off season?
    Only if he does not have the right bike for the season.
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    Less rides happen in the winter... Probably went a month or so without getting a ride in. Play football in the winter, plus kung fu year round... Free weights when I can also

    Diet?! Balanced diet ^^

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    Yep...we have a bit of an off-season here in East TN. The trails get pretty muddy/soupy over the winter. If I'm lucky, I'll get a couple of rides in December-February. I've been eyeballing some road bikes, though!

    I don't think I drink any more beer over winter than usual. But I do end up drinking more porters/stouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    There's an off season?
    We learn something new everyday. lol


    I ride the most during the mysterious "off season".

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    i don't race anymore but i ride more now than i've ever raced. ride bmx or mtb urban on flats. rain or shine it is fun, cheap, free and it always works core and upper body. it also is a reality skill check and enhancer. racerX moto off bike workouts are great. usually just deadlifts and pizzas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharp Shooter View Post
    We learn something new everyday. lol


    I ride the most during the mysterious "off season".
    Me too. Kids aren't playing sports and work lets up a bit.
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    i got a trek crossrip im going to put miles on this winter. i need to work on my endurance. other than that, just gona lift heavy weights and eat alot of stew lol
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    I think maybe you should try humorous mountain biking instead of serious mountain biking. Why do Americans always have to take the fun out of everything?

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