I'm (kind of) all grown up now, and today an important part of-off season training takes place in the gym. I have a consult with an expert who thoroughly evaluates how my body performs and reacts in many different situations. Specific reconditioning and strengthening programs are established, and they evolve in unison with my progress througout the winter.
Another great morning of training at @PowerWatts ... #nobreaksontheweekend #procycling pic.twitter.com/Nq1nBmjs8uWe use dumbbells and kettle-bells, elastic bands and resistance machines to build strength. I twist and turn and balance into all kinds of movements and positions to build stability and program proper muscle memory.
— Lex Albrecht (@Lex_Albrecht) February 16, 2014
A lot of the routine consists in helping my body become more stable, more flexible, and utlimately stronger and more efficient on the bike. Many of the exercises have no apparent relevance to cycling at first sight. And a good part of them are repetitive and sometimes even tedious (...if I'm hungry for lunch) But by diligently going through the motions on a structured and regular schedule, improvements on the bike become apparent. Amongst other things, I've increased my hip flexibility, straightened out a crooked riding position and am working towards a better pedal stroke.
Travel Roller. I bring my own Travel Roller, packed with a printout of my strengthening and reconditioning routine, and an assortment accessories that I use for my exercises. Since the Travel Roller is hollow and has meshed ends that close up securely with an elastic, it's ideal for toting around my extra stuff in one simple package. When it's possible to use the same tools wherever I am, I do. So, I bring my Travel Roller everywhere I go.
|Some of the stuff that I can pack into my Travel Roller..there's usually even more in there...!|