Gone are the days when to get better at cycling all you had to do was cycle a lot. While this is certainly beneficial, to get better at ultra-endurance cycling, you must do more than just ride. Strength training is an often-overlooked part of endurance training due to it frequently being associated with large, inefficient muscles that fatigue easily. This association is outdated and wrong.
Stronger muscles are less prone to injuries like tearing and more resistant to impact and stress. They can output more power and are more efficient at high loads. All in all, incorporating strength training to your training can make you less tired and more comfortable for longer as well as being faster.
Read on for a more full discussion on the Benefits of strength training.
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