Upper body strength is important in cycling. I had no idea how weak I was until this past weekend's ride. We did another 20 miler but this time hills were part of the fun.
Let me confirm what I've always expected - I've got legs. My strength has always been my lower body. I can squat a lot of weight. My legs felt fine up & down all 20 miles.
My arms wanted to detach and run for the hills. At about mile 16 I wanted to pull over & rest - I could barely hold myself up to steer. It was a struggle to lift my recovery drink (ice cold beer) to my lips. I had to ask for help to take the cap off my Chap-stick, seriously.
So I need to talk to the coaches about what to do to build up my arms. I'm also switching from a mountain bike frame to a road bike in hopes that the "fit" will ease the pressure on my spindly little limbs.
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