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  1. ComfortablyNumb

    Any benefit from strength work/lifting

    Stress fractures, tendonitis, patella femoral pain syndrome, plantar fasciitis, osteitis pubis, swimmers shoulder, meniscus tears, calf tears/strains, bulging disc.....just about any overuse injury you can think of. Recovery of biomechanical system means expanding the envelope of function (through rest, and strength training) to reduce the chance of those injuries. Like Matt said - " Injury prevention by improving resilience and load bearing capacity of the muscle and tendon itself but also by improving protective effect muscle has on bones and joints".
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    What training did you do today?

    In Sydney, a fab weekend visiting the kids...and crapping myself driving Sydney traffic. We all did an 80min walk Coogee-Bondi on Sat, then various walks & runs around Bay Run today. Managed 30mins of 2min walk-2min run today with no knee pain. Happy dayz. Our youngest & her boyfriend are following a program I put together for the Goldie Half Mara & seem to be going well....shit will hit the fan if Georgie beats him up there in July though
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    Any benefit from strength work/lifting

    Pre-existing cond. yes. Quite obvious patella chondromalacia (but everyone over 40 has it to varying degrees ).Poor bike fit possibly as I always felt better on a 51cm but bike shops wanted to sell me 54s and even a 57 once! Re submaximal I think submaximal but thousands of reps can do just as much damage as near maximal but 30 reps. In fact I'd guess more damage. But it varies with the exercise. E.g. Seated leg extensions terrible. Deadlifts = minimal knee loading if done properly but really built all the balancing muscles which helps take load off the knees. Too much too quickly. Quite likely which leads down the murky path of the risks of online coaching and not being able to eyeball the person. Anyway n=1 again, back in the day hard windtrainer sets with big gear intervals always seemed to make the knees sorer than running? But I think I'm well down the recovery path thanks to strength and balance work for past 3yrs.
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    Any benefit from strength work/lifting

    I think you are comparing recovery of energy systems with recovery of biomechanical systems/injury avoidance - different things. I agree, doing strength work won't help your energy (aerobic) systems recover. But it will definitely help stop your biomechanical systems (joints, tendons, muscles) from failing to recover & breaking down. Re big gear work on the bike - I reckon that's what destroyed my knee cartilage. And my shoulders hated paddles. If I'd done less of that and more deadlifts etc. I'd have been better off. Ditto my lower back. It used to be shit. Then I started specific strength exercises for the lower back muscles - problem fixed (despite all the experts saying it was my stomach muscles that were the problem, it was back muscles). More SBR definitely got me faster....until it eventually stuffed me because my biomechanical systems were not strong enough to cope with the constant repetition.
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    Any benefit from strength work/lifting

    I think this might be true for rare individuals who are biomechanically blessed and not prone to injury, or who are not really approaching their biomechanical/recovery limits. But I think for a lot of people, even if they are some way off their SBR potential, the number of hours of SBR they are doing are still significant, and pushing them close to their biomechanical/recovery limit. That limit can be expanded by doing the proper strength & balance training. And then there is the longevity in the sport issue. In hindsight, I'd rather have done less SBR training & added some good strength/balance training and been a bit slower in my 40's, but still racing in my 50s.
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    Any benefit from strength work/lifting

    The conclusions I reach from all this are: 1. No one really knows - no black and white answer, no silver bullet 2. Everyone is different 3. You need to work it out for yourself through trial & error (which will inevitably involve trying some of the advice from the experts & discarding it if it does not work in your case) - which is what I did to get my knees a lot better. N=1, strength training has improved my ability to do everyday things, and I think helped maintain some cycling ability on very limited hours on the bike over the past 6yrs. Also think it has improved my swimming strength & no more shoulder pain. Can't comment on impact on running as still not able to do much. I think more functional strength movements like deadlifts, benchpress, stuff with dynamic 'lifelike' motions work better for me that using weights machines - more muscles involved, requires more balancing etc.
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    The Sharemarket Thread

    You Gotta Another Thing Comin !
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    Double Crash Day

    Second local MTB 'race' y'day on the new Norco Fluid 3 as part of their winter series. Had a cold the last few days so feeling pretty doughy but still 2.5mins faster than the first race on my wife's Giant Talon over 15kms. The rear suspension saves your arse. I think it will be great training for local sprint tris if I can ever work out a regime that allows me to run a bit again. In the red zone a lot, but because you are so busy concentrating on staying upright and figuring out how to get through the next obstacle, you don't notice the aerobic hurt so much. One tricky thing is the alternate light & shade in the forest sections. On the last lap (knackered) I completely lost sight of the track, missed a 90 deg right hander & corner and speared off into the pine trees.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Yes, I'm glad our youngest went toe to toe with the class bully in Yr12 and owned her in front of her classmates, made her look like the arsehat she was. No repercussions, the Principal was quietly chuckling
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    Royal Wedding

    Americans are involved. It will be a Clusterf*ck.
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    The Mental Health thread

    Hey DD. Would he have been suspended if he just said it to their face rather than online?
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    Giro - Grand Tour Tipping Contest

    Precisely. I have that same sticker plastered over......everything.
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    Giro - Grand Tour Tipping Contest

    No, the real highlight is at 7:03.
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    Osteitis Pubis

    Unless you have other more permanent problems (e.g. cartilage badly deteriorated/bone on bone action ), there is no way your long running days are over. I went on to do another 6 or so HIMs after my OP and it never flared again. I even did one HoW while it was still a little twitchy and it went OK. OP is a bit like a stress fracture in my understanding, and it will heal if treated right. Riding did not bother mine either, but maybe it contributed to the tight adductors?
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    Osteitis Pubis

    And it needs to be more than crunches & pushups & planks. It needs to be the type of stuff FB mentions - glutes, hips, calves etc etc. I've got into deadlifts, kettlebell swings, theraband crab walks, skipping etc now (all too little too late for me, as the damage is done), but I'm amazed at how much this has helped me maintain my cycling strength, despite being off the bike for 5+ yrs. And more stretching. I also do upper body strength work now too. Didn't think it was doing much until I was out with a client (15+yrs younger and much bigger than me) who had to open a spring loaded electric fence. He couldn't do it, but I found it quite easy! And I was one of those triathlete's AP mentions, thought swim/bike/run would give me all the strength I needed. It did in some muscles & tendons, but not others, and finally the imbalance stuffed me. You can get away with in in your 20s/30s, but not in your 40s+.
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