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Old 16th Nov 16, 12:48 PM
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What do you do by way of cross training and how often?
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Old 16th Nov 16, 01:17 PM
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I cycle 2-3 times a week, approx 100km in total. My legs still won't let me run every day.

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Old 16th Nov 16, 01:28 PM
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I'm a triathlete so I swim/bike/run twice each a week on top of cycling to work.
I used to try to train each sport individually ie run 4 times, bike 3 time and swim 2-3 times a week but that just doesn't work, so effectively I was always cross training everyday with each different discipline.
But I find now I have a good balance and they all compliment each other.

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Old 16th Nov 16, 01:38 PM
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I was cycling regularly while I was injured, but since recovering I've been really lazy about it and haven't ridden in over a month. I am finding it hard to motivate myself to go cycling in the winter, whereas I'll run in almost any weather.
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Old 16th Nov 16, 02:52 PM
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I dabbled a bit with triathlon but I haven't done any for a while as I found it way too stressful trying to be competent at three disciplines. My local multisport races are much more competitive than running races, and it was obvious that I would have to sacrifice some running if I was to get any good at cycling and swimming so I decided just to stop doing them and therefore stop stressing myself.

Before I was a runner I was a climber. I stopped doing it when I changed job about 3.5 years ago and I could no longer fit it around work. Recently I started going to the wall again now I have a job with normal hours. I don't consider it cross-training as it probably doesn't benefit my running. I consider it a separate hobby in its own right and I'm much, much happier since I started going again, although I've yet to build up to the kind of level I was climbing at before I stopped in 2013.
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Old 16th Nov 16, 03:49 PM
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Gym, 4 x week football, running, occasional cycling.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 06:56 AM
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i have 3 kids, that's all the cross training any runner needs.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 09:58 AM
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i have 3 kids, that's all the cross training any runner needs.


I don't do much besides some basic exercises to strengthen the upper body.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 12:40 PM
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I cycle a couple of times a week, including a longer club run at the weekend, and also have started doing some swimming. I'm also thinking about doing some weights etc. in the gym during the winter.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 02:42 PM
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Before I was a runner I was a climber. I stopped doing it when I changed job about 3.5 years ago and I could no longer fit it around work. Recently I started going to the wall again now I have a job with normal hours. I don't consider it cross-training as it probably doesn't benefit my running. I consider it a separate hobby in its own right and I'm much, much happier since I started going again, although I've yet to build up to the kind of level I was climbing at before I stopped in 2013.
I've only climbed a few times but only on outside walls. How do you find indoor walks compare? I love it but I'm naff at it as my upper body strength and care are pathetically weak!

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I don't do much besides some basic exercises to strengthen the upper body.
Do please share Fulmar, what are you doing? I really want to sort my core out
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Old 17th Nov 16, 06:16 PM
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I cycle a bit (usually only 20 or so miles a week tops), do yoga after most runs, and a strength & conditioning routine twice a week (although thinking about upping that to three...)
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Old 17th Nov 16, 08:03 PM
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I've only climbed a few times but only on outside walls. How do you find indoor walks compare? I love it but I'm naff at it as my upper body strength and care are pathetically weak!
When you say 'outside walls' do you mean real rock, ie, crags? Indoor walls are not that similar to outdoor climbing in the UK, because we mainly do 'trad' climbing in the UK. In other European countries they go for 'sport' climbing more, with bolted crags, so there's a lot more similarity.

Basically with trad climbing a lot of the skill is to do with placing the gear, whereas indoor sport is purely about the moves.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 09:43 PM
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When you say 'outside walls' do you mean real rock, ie, crags? Indoor walls are not that similar to outdoor climbing in the UK, because we mainly do 'trad' climbing in the UK. In other European countries they go for 'sport' climbing more, with bolted crags, so there's a lot more similarity.

Basically with trad climbing a lot of the skill is to do with placing the gear, whereas indoor sport is purely about the moves.
Thanks. I've only ever climbed in Wales on real rock faces. Safety lines at the top but no man made grips so it's hard to compare.
I enjoyed it but was I was totally rubbish at it as I couldn't find the good points like other people did. I'm also built with arms like Mr Muscle!

There is an indoor climbing wall near me but I've never really been in there.
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Old 17th Nov 16, 10:51 PM
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I used to do a lot of climbing in my younger days. I've still got a few ropes and harness and bits but they only get used when I'm painting the really horrible bits to get to on the outside of the house.
I used to climb on indoor walls, and outside, both sport and trad climbing. I was never an excellent climber, I struggled on delicate stuff. I could lead climb up to HVS, single pitch climbs. I didn't like multi pitch climbing as I didn't like the height.
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Old 18th Nov 16, 02:17 PM
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I cycle a bit (usually only 20 or so miles a week tops), do yoga after most runs, and a strength & conditioning routine twice a week (although thinking about upping that to three...)
I'm just getting back in to my fitness routine after letting it slide a bit over the last few months. I'm trying to find the right mix for me. I've recently started doing yoga and have found it's been really helpful in preventing any sore muscles after more intense cardio. Can't believe it took me this long to get in to it! For anyone with an injury it's a great way to carry on strengthening muscles without putting too much strain on them. Plus I've fallen in love with the gorgeous yoga clothes! I've been getting them from a place called Yoga Rebel in case anyone is interested. I also tried bouldering recently too but not sure it's for me - even though the wall wasn't very high I found it quite scary to be up there without any ropes.
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