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legs have lost quickness

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2 or 3 times a week, I go to the gym and get on a bike for a half hour of aerobic exercise.  Other days I do core, stretching and leg exercises at home.  Anyhow, for most of this summer I’ve ridden Expresso bike where I work to finish an animated course in the fastest time I’m able.  Yesterday that bike wasn’t available so I got on a recumbent bike and did intervals, 3 mins cruising, 30 seconds as fast as possible.  This is the aerobic exercise I did before switching to Expresso bike.  What I found was my legs no longer had any quickness to do the 30 second intervals.   Big dropoff from before.

 

Is it possible the steady grind (versus intervals) I experience on the Expresso bike robbed my legs of quickness?  Should I be concerned and work to get that quickness back for ski season?

 

If it matters, I’m 61 years old.

 

Thanks. 

post #2 of 7
Can you do intervals on the espresso bike?

If not can you switch back to other bike or possibly do other training that enhances quick feet movement?

One idea could be doing some jump roping. That will enhance quick movement from one foot to the other.
post #3 of 7
You could simply be 'overtrained' at the moment. You're talking about cycling leg speed which is really different than raw strength and explosiveness. Spin a lower gear at a higher RPM to work on this. Less load... think about mechanics.
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

You could simply be 'overtrained' at the moment. You're talking about cycling leg speed which is really different than raw strength and explosiveness. Spin a lower gear at a higher RPM to work on this. Less load... think about mechanics.

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Thank you all.

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Speed and strength go together especially for older athletes. What you described is not strength training. Riding a bike is endurance training. Endurance training can make you slow.

 

I think that you are going to need help from a pro trainer. Right now you appear to have a "routine", at age 61 (my age) variety seems to be important.

 

How's your weight? I don't know anything about your situation physically, but for me, being 61 I know that I need to be aggressive about fitness. Staying trim, strong and fit makes a huge difference on the mountain. Those things help me stay quick in and of themselves. It forms a base when your overall fitness is solid. Weight gain hurts my performance and speed seems to be the first to go.

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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
 


Speed and strength go together especially for older athletes. What you described is not strength training. Riding a bike is endurance training. Endurance training can make you slow.

 

I think that you are going to need help from a pro trainer. Right now you appear to have a "routine", at age 61 (my age) variety seems to be important.

 

How's your weight? I don't know anything about your situation physically, but for me, being 61 I know that I need to be aggressive about fitness. Staying trim, strong and fit makes a huge difference on the mountain. Those things help me stay quick in and of themselves. It forms a base when your overall fitness is solid. Weight gain hurts my performance and speed seems to be the first to go.

Very Interesting.  I think you're right that I have a routine and need some more variety and strength building.  I've lost 15 lbs this summer and would like to lose another 5. I'll try and add some things, but they need to be low impact.  I'll also give some thought to hiring a trainer.

Thanks.

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