I hate most things indoors (don't mind the swimming as much, but even prefer that outdoors....so much chlorine in indoor pools!). HATE even the treadmill! I've been getting away with outdoor cycling due to mild temps in the Chicago area. Amazing! Do computraining indoors at an endure it coaching place. That is one tough workout!
I am inspired to swim by post. I admit I feel so good when I do. I just detest spinning though. I think it is soooo boring! I do some cycling outside though and an occasional sprint distance triathlon. Thank you!
I train for triathlons so I naturally cross train. Swimming really is an excellent cross training exercise. I do a Masters Swim Team at my YMCA. We are a close knit group very open to new people. It is the people and social aspect that gets me there even on sub zero temp days. Besides, the pool is 80+ degrees so it's like taking a bath. Afterwards, some of us hit the whirlpool for a ten min. soak and chat. It's so much fun, I hate it when I have to miss. AND...this training is at 5 AM! Nuts! But I also find swimming therapeutic! When my muscles get tight from running or cycling, swimming seems to "kick" it out (the tightness). Also...it's a GREAT respiratory exercise!
Cycling is also an excellent cross training exercise. Low impact and high aerobic....good muscular work on the legs, which compliments running. Your YMCA most likely has spin classes so during the winter, you can cycle away to some rock and roll.
I am interested in hearing what kinds of cross training people do. I have been doing swimming but find it hard to get in the pool in the winter. My local YMCA just started indo-row classes and this seems like a really good compliment to my running but I have not tried one yet. I follow variations of the FIRST program for my running (marathon training) so I run 3 days per week, one day easy, one day speedwork or tempo, one day long and cross training 2 days a week. Karen
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