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Ben Beckerich

Cycling kept me strong - year away from the hills

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I hadn't climbed for a year. Not alpine, anyway.


I rode my bike all through the winter, started training to race this summer.. threw some climbing (bike "climbing") in, some crit and track training (just started track- sweet way to spend a Friday night).


Point being..... I did a Hood slog in prep for a Rainier climb this week, and couldn't believe how strong I was. I think it might have actually been the single easiest hike up the south side of Hood I've ever done, and I've got something like 30, 35+ summits on that mountain.


WTF? Not what I was expecting. Apparently the bike is GREAT for slog conditioning.


Technical climbing... not so much. But the hang board and slung pullup bar help with that.


That is all.

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I get a better lung workout on the bike than while running.

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