When you’re bike is out of action, there’s not too much you can do to improve your cycle fitness. But if, like me, you’ve started the new year stranded in a strange country without a working bike, you could try this exercise to improve your upper body strength.
I read about this exercise in Adam Topham’s very good book – ‘Flying through the Pain Barrier’. It’s dedicated to time trial training. This exercise is called the plank and it helps to strengthen muscles used when cycling. But, especially when in the time trial position.
I did it for a minute a week ago, and I could definitely feel my muscles were sore. If it’s difficult to hold for one minute, imagine four hours in this position. Therefore, it is a good exercise to improve core strength.
Generally, I’m not a great believer in off bike training exercises (it’s not really a question of belief, more the discipline of doing it), but doing this exercise really makes you appreciate the role other muscles play in riding a bike.
Even if you do it for a minute a day, it can definitely help a lot. Just hold it for a minute and try and keep still.
If nothing else, it will make you keen to get back on the bike, this really is not as much fun as cycling.
Next week. Standing on one leg and other exciting yoga postures for cycling.