So I am wondering what people’s thougths will be on this?
I am debating whether to:
- Get a new bike next spring - a lighter bike. Prob carbon and likely in the region of say £1500-£2000 total. Would need to spread costs.
- Get a concept 2 rowing machine. £8-£900
Initial plan was - if I train hard all winter I might get a new bike (on the simplistic basis that I’ve proven the consistency of approach to training).
Now, having done some further reading about the actual impact of a lighter bike I am less ‘fixated’ on that idea. I have lost 21lbs this year and intend on losing another ten to take me to 186-188lbs at 6ft 2.
I’m conscious that cycling doesn’t work the whole body and I’d like to improve my overall core strength and would also be keen on improvements to upper body strength and conditioning. I used to do lots of weights years ago but just have no motivation to do this kind of work. The rowing attracts me because of the ability to work both aerobic and anaerobic systems.
Option 2 - the rowing - it seems to me that it is not working against the cycling. It’s still a leg heavy workout and so I imagine it will compliment. But as above works the whole system. I’ve read 83% of body’s muscles are activated.
NOTE - I am not a hard core cyclist and don’t train for specific kinds of races etc. At moment I am doing base and will follow through to a general build and probably just a road speciality. I say that in anticipation of possible responses along the lines of -‘if you want to improve cycling, cycle’.