Saturday, 12 May 2007

Stretch To Increase the Limit

Looking down the barrel of between 80km and 120km per day over 21 days, the concession has to be made - there are days where the legs will be sore! The solution is stretching.

Over at is an article on stretching to stay limber....

Hard training can give you well muscled cycling legs, but will also lead to tightness and inflexibility unless you incorporate regular stretching into your routine. The off-season is an excellent time to start working on these exercises so you will be ready for the early season.

Contracted muscles can cause a gradual loss of muscle elasticity as well as an overall decline in flexibility of your joints – both of which can lessen your range of motion and pedal power. Stretching may increase the flexibility of the joint up to 10-20%. Flexible muscle groups have increased strength, therefore increasing pedaling power. Poor flexibility also makes you more prone to strains and pulls. Incorporating a regular 10-15 minute stretching program will help you become more adaptable and will prevent injuries.

The image above is from the article, so click on the link to read it and learn about stretching. Some other useful links are...

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