Weekly round-up: 1/21 — 1/27

A restful week, 6 1/2 hours total:

  •  4 1/2 riding (65 miles)
  • 1/2 hour running (3 miles)
  • 1 1/2 weights and yoga

I don’t count all my yoga sessions in these numbers because some of them are so quiet and restful they don’t quite feel like training.  Yoga class is another story, though — I mean, it’s quiet and restful too, but I work hard.

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3 comments so far

  1. Karen on

    Do you find the yoga helpful in maintaining flexibility? I mean–I know it’s supposed to but I find it difficult to “get into” (probably because you can’t do yoga going downhill at 40 MPH). Recently I’ve been feeling way too tight on the bike–like I need to loosen up. I thought a little yoga may be a good thing to work in. Your thoughts/experiences/observations?

  2. Dorothy W. on

    Karen — yeah, I do find yoga very helpful. If I don’t do it, I can feel my muscles tightening up over time. I do stretch out after a workout, but I’ve found it’s just not enough. For me, I need to do yoga three times a week or so to really get the benefit — I go to class once a week and then practice at home twice a week — and when I’m home I work more on muscles that class doesn’t get to as much, such as my quads. I think yoga helps me hold a better position on the bike — both because of greater flexibility, but also because it helps me with strength. My upper body and core are stronger because of it.

    I’ve always found yoga to be more of a challenge than riding — because I’m not as used to it, I suppose. A hard class can wipe me out more than a hard ride can. There’s something difficult about holding still!

  3. Karen on

    I agree about the difficulty of holding still–I found myself extremely restless when I tried it out a few years back. But I was also surprisingly sore afterwards. I should give it another go. Thanks!


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